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Rural Retreat 3rd grader gets big birthday surprise

Students and staff signed "Happy Birthday" to the student who is deaf

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RURAL RETREAT, Va. – A local third grader got a big surprise!

Teachers and staff at Rural Retreat Elementary School learned sign language to surprise Mikey on his birthday.

He is completely deaf.

Principal Alan Rouse says this is something the hearing impaired teachers organized.

He says they do a lot of things to make sure Mikey is included in everything.

There's even a sign language club at school so the students are learning something new too.

Mikey loved it!

It was all caught on video and Mikey is all smiles. At the beginning of the video, as he walks through the hall, students and staff stop him and sign to him before he walks into a classroom with dozens of students and the big birthday surprise.

Happy Birthday, American Sign Language Style

Some teachers and students learn a few signs to surprise a third grader who is Deaf for his birthday. All of 3rd grade sings "Happy Birthday" in Sign Language. #WCPSSuccess

Posted by Rural Retreat Elementary School on Thursday, January 24, 2019

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