Hundreds of children across Huddersfield and Kirklees have been hitting the right notes for charity, writes Suzanna Bain.
The pupils were taking part in Sign2Sing, a world record attempt for the most people singing and signing a song on the same day.
Carr Green Primary School in Brighouse, Moldgreen Community Primary School in Moldgreen and Dryclough Infant School in Crosland Moor all took part in yesterday’s event which is organised by deaf charity SignHealth.
The healthcare charity is hoping their efforts will help smash the current world record of 116,980 people taking part.
Some 428 youngsters at Dryclough Infant School raised £185 for SignHealth, with adults and children as young as four taking part.
Teacher Rachel Haley said: “Get Up And Sign, one of the songs written especially, has been great fun to learn and could frequently be heard floating down corridors and around the playground.
“It’s an excellent event to be part of because learning sign language while having fun singing teaches the children to understand, respect and help others who may not be as fortunate as themselves.”
Cheryl Bailey, who organised the event at Carr Green Primary School, said a total of 306 children aged four to 11 took part after being bitten by the bug last year.
“This is a fantastic event that promotes deaf awareness and encourages more and more people to learn sign language, which is something we are really passionate about,” she explained.
Caroline Jones from Moldgreen Community Primary School said 370 children aged three upwards – and 30 adults – took part.
“We’ve been practising for a few weeks now and have really enjoyed the song and actions this year,” she said.
“Sign2Sing is important to us as we love singing and believe in inclusion, which means everyone can join in whether they are deaf or challenged in any other way.”
Paddock Junior School also signed up to the charity event.
SignHealth will use the money raised to continue improving the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf children and adults.
Linda Petrons, events and corporate fundraiser at SignHealth, said: “Our aim for the 2014 event is to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals to learn some sign language and recognise the importance of good communication.”
For further information go to www.sign2sing.org.uk