EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) - About 35-students with hearing impairments from all over the Borderland got to take a field trip to visit Santa at Bassett Place Mall on Thursday. It's something they've been working very hard toward all year as part of the deaf-education program.
Through the program they've been learning how to find bus routes, pay fares, and ride to their destination, which is what they put to use when they visited Santa's workshop at the mall.
"Traditionally in all of the malls, all the kids want a picture with Santa but our kids they take their picture but can never tell Santa what they want because he doesn't sign so this is the opportunity for them to do that," said their teacher Ms. Isabel.
She says the Santa was able to communicate with them because he too is deaf.
"He was actually one of the kiddos that came through this program, did the same project so now it was his turn to give back to the community," said Ms. Isabel.
The students were then able to Christmas shop as an exercise to help them know how to communicate when they're out in the community.
"They always have a difficult time because of the language barrier so this enables them to communicate," said Ms. Isabel.
The program, which has been going on for over 20-years, is funded by the El Paso Community Foundation.