Santa gets students’ holiday wishes in sign language

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and at Waimea Elementary School, there was excitement and teacher Angela Nagata keeping her cool. From the North Pole, she had gotten a call and a message that would bring joy to all.

Inside her classroom, children read stories, explored a globe and were busy making art while patiently waiting for a special holiday program to start. Then suddenly at the doorway, he appeared like a flash, a man in a red suit and his gift-filled stash.

Several students turned to friends, and using their hands, indicated a big white beard. They announced “Santa!” in American sign language. With a twinkle in his eye and not a sound, their visitor let his hands do the talking. He came to hear their holiday requests.