If the program were started, then students could have a chance to communicate with their deaf and mute classmates without confusion. This issue of communication detracts from the excitement of Partners Club for some students. They find it pointless to have a partner if they can't converse with him or her.
"If we can't talk to them, then we are pretty much just walking them around the school. And when people ask us what he's signing, we don't know what to tell him," said junior Bethany Buckner.
She suggested that if sign language couldn't be made into a class, then it could be a club. A few students hope to begin such a club at Scott. In it, students will be taught simple words that are used in everyday language.
One advocate for the club is freshman Bretta Kuhn. "Having a signing club would be a great addition to [Partner's Club]. If students learn the way that some of the children in the group were taught, then less confusion would occur."
Krista Woods is an interpreter and aide at Scott. She is an advocate for a sign language club or class.
"As my job is to interpret the signing of some of my students, I sometimes am overwhelmed by how many kids ask me what the students are signing," she said. "If a class were made entirely for the purpose of signing, it would be beneficial to everyone."
One of Woods' students is her brother, Tyler.
"My brother is a very demanding student," she said. "He's always making jokes and calling people funny names, but not many people can understand what he is saying."Whether the club will be created or not is still undecided, but many students are willing to do whatever is needed to create it. Learning how to talk to people who are deaf and mute, and maybe even teaching others how to do it, will help everyone who participates.