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MOOSE Project opening for oral and signing education

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KHQ.COM - The MOOSE Project is a brand new school that combines oral communication and sign language in the classroom.

Kristi Anderson started the non-profit MOOSE Project, which stands for the "Magic of Oral and Signing Education," for her son, Asher, who is severely deaf in one ear and mildly deaf in the other.

Kristi said the MOOSE Project is an important and previously non-existent option for families in Spokane who's children are affected by hearing loss or just want their child to learn sign language at a young age.

"We are so excited to offer another choice to family's here in Spokane," she said. "There are amazing schools that are far away...we wanted to give something here to Spokane because we love it here. There are some great programs, but we're just a different choice.

For this school year, the MOOSE Project will be a pre-school class Monday through Thursday and then on Friday's, it will have a birth to 5 year old class.

"A day in the classroom is just like a day in any other amazing pre-school class," said Kristi. "We will have circle time, books and drawing, playing with other kids, [and] the difference will be that the...teacher will sign fluently.

The MOOSE Project will open its doors for the first time on Monday at the Northeast Community Center on Cook.

Lisa Birnel, who's 5-year-old daughter Jaden does not yet speak, is excited about the opportunity this school will provide for her daughter.

"I just hope she gets a good learning experience," said Lisa. " And gets better at communicating, hopefully signing and speaking."

For more information about the MOOSE Project, here is their website: http://www.mooseproject.net/

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