American Sign Language club attracts many

Organization to focus on familial formation, sign culture on campus

Leila J. Pettibone, Reporter

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There is an aura of positivity and a genuine interest to learn that is rare in the beginnings of a new club.

Franklin High School is home to a variety of clubs, but their newest addition, the American Sign Language Club is different.

The first meeting was held on Wednesday, September 4. It was informational but the response was overwhelming. All desks in the classroom were filled, and people gathered in the hallway outside the door to listen in.

PHOTO BY ISABELLA ESCHBACH, 11
ASL club founder, Liliana Challenor, fields questions from new members on September 4. The club will meet Monday’s and Thursday’s from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

The ASL club was founded by Junior Liliana Challenor. Challenor is passionate about sign language and helping the community.

Challenor previously attended a Socorro District school and participated in the club there.

“(This is) the one thing I have not given up on,” Challenor said. “I wanted to help people.”

The club will meet regularly on Monday’s and Thursday’s in room 157 of the Magnet campus, Ms. Allison Cundari’s room from 4:15 – 5:15 after school. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Members have already learned the alphabet and how to introduce themselves using sign, as well as some common animals and 5 W-How Questions.

PHOTO BY ISABELLA ESCHBACH, 11
Students listen to information presented at first meeting.

Future meetings will be focused on learning simple vocabulary. Games including Heads Up will be played, and members will be asked to bring snacks that will be shared in the hopes that the club will bring about the formation of a family.

Within the semester, the club will begin holding elections to fill officer positions and will begin fundraising.

To become a member, interested persons should download the Remind app and use the code @212sign. They must also attend at least one meeting a week and listen to the morning announcements for more information.