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The Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Presents Their Annual Deaf and Hearing Holiday Program

December 18, 2017

On Friday, December 8, the Brandon High School Auditorium was filled with holiday joy as over 150 students served by Hillsborough County Public School's Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program performed a variety of holiday songs and skits. Hillsborough County, having the highest population of (DHH) students in the State of Florida, started this tradition over 27 years ago.

All of the DHH students, teachers, and families from Hillsborough County were invited on this special day to watch students ranging from Pre-K to 12 grade as they perform songs, skits, poems, and dances in celebration of the deaf culture.

“This is the kids favorite part of the whole year because they get to be with other children with hearing loss and their families are able to come and watch them show off their talent,” said Michelle Henry, district coordinator, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs.

There were a number of diverse acts throughout the program. Gaither High School shared their touching and creative video celebrating anti-bullying, accompanied by the song “True Colors”, which involved both students and staff. Doby Elementary students from kindergarten through fifth grade demonstrated how sound travels through the ear, and Nikeya Sherell King signed a touching tribute about Shirley Allen, who broke many barriers during the segregation era and is known as one of the first Deaf African-American Females to earn a Ph.D.

Joan’s Catering, Inc. donated tasty treats for the students to enjoy and the Tampa Breakfast Sertoma Club put together gift baskets which were donated to the winning performances. The program would not be possible without the support of the incredible DHH Interpreters, Hearing Conservation Techs, Itinerant Teachers, Parent Infant Teachers, Interpreter Aides, Psychologists, and Audiologists.

Colson Elementary took home top performance for Elementary School, with their performance of “How Far I’ll Go” from the movie Moana. And the last, but not least, Brandon High School, took home the top prize in the High School category, with their creative and mesmerizing and choreographed glow-in-the-dark performance to the song, “That Power.”

The holiday spirit was certainly in the air as students cheered and encouraged one another on stage.

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