Drayden Ayers glanced toward his educational interpreter for a moment.
With a twinkle in his eye, the Carver Elementary School second-grader raised his hand in a small-group reading station to answer yet another question.
“It’s awesome (going to school) because I get to do a lot of things,” Drayden said.
The young student is one of more than 70 in the Dubuque Community School District with a form of hearing loss, the Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/1OJcneK ) reported.
“Our kids can do everything that anyone else can do, except for hear,” said Megan Johannsen, a district teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. “The big thing we push with them is they are different, but that is a good thing. Everyone is a little bit different, and this just happens to be how they are. We teach them to be proud of that.”