Book fair to raise money for ASLHS


Abby Caviness

“Bear Stays Up for Christmas” will be signed and voiced by members of the ASL Honors Society at 1 p.m and 3 p.m.

The Canyon American Sign Language Honors Society (ASLHS) will host a fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Dec. 14.

The students will raise money by running two gift-wrapping stations to collect tips to donate for the Panhandle Counsel for the Deaf at the Turn Center. When people purchase from Barnes & Noble, customers can specify that they support the ASLHS and 10% of the purchases will be donated for the students. Those proceeds will help fund ASLHS activities. Throughout the day, students will also sign songs and stories. The activities will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“People should come to the book fair because it’s a family friendly event,” ASLHS co-president Malory Weber said. “It’s not just for the Deaf. It’s signed but also voiced. It’s just a fun, simple way to celebrate the Christmas season.”

ASL teacher Traci Prather said that the Deaf community is very supportive of the ASL program.

“Many members come to watch stories and bring their children,” Prather said. “They enjoy the stories and interacting with the students.”

Prather said that the book fair provides opportunities for the public to see ASL in action and to see high school students interacting with the Canyon and Amarillo communities.

“Come out to support the kids,” Prather said. “This isn’t basketball, but there are about a hundred kids participating. This encompasses all students.”