Framingham Target store will host a live reading of The Lorax with American Sign Language translation this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. as part of the national Read Across America celebration.
The event will also partner with Framingham's The Learning Center for the Deaf, according to organization officials.
Judith Vreeland, executive director of The Learning Center, said events that using sign language to encourage literacy among children is paramount.
“When we provide children with an opportunity to access these classic children’s stories and express their wonder, curiosity, and creativity through American Sign Language, their first language, they are more likely to enjoy and pursue mastery of written English as their second language," Vreeland said in prepared remarks.
The Learning Center for the Deaf provides education and support services to over 1,500 children and adults annually, according to the school.
“Helping hearing parents learn to communicate with their deaf child is vital to our mission. Events like this allow us to extend our services beyond school walls by providing opportunities for families to participate in community activities together,” Vreeland said.
Founded in 1970 and headquartered on a 14-acre campus in Framingham, The Learning Center for the Deaf’s mission is to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students achieve their full potential in an educational environment where language and communication are keys to building competence, character and community, according to the institution.
For more information on The Learning Center for the Deaf, visit their website.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org