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Signs of Spring Gala

Riding the Wave of Excellence

Join us on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham for our annual Signs of Spring gala.  Our cocktail reception and silent auction begin at 5:00 and dinner is at 6:30.  

Guests at this year's Signs of Spring gala will be Riding the Wave of Excellence as we honor Bob Hoffmeister and his significant impact on deaf education.

This event, going into it’s 15th year, brings together over 300 of TLC’s supporters from the Metro West and the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities for a glimpse into the vibrant culture of The Learning Center.

All proceeds from the Signs of Spring Gala directly benefit the programs and services offered by The Learning Center for the Deaf. As a state approved private school tuition, paid for by student's cities and towns, doesn't nearly cover the true cost of the education and services that our students receive. Events like the Signs of Spring Gala help ensure we can meet the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in New England.

Dr. Robert J. (Bob) Hoffmeister, Associate Professor of Deaf Studies at Boston University and Director of the University's Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf. Bob's work has resulted in the establishment of the Center for Research and Training at The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) - a joint effort between TLC and Boston University.

TLC's Center for Research and Training is a partner with The School of Education’s Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf (CSCD) at Boston University on the Institute for Educational Sciences USDOE's grant to develop the ASLAI - a comprehensive ASL Assessment for deaf children; a partner with The School of Education’s Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf in the development of an ASL Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) resource learning tool; part of the advising team to Pearson School Improvement on providing academic instruction to the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Hawaii State Department of Education; a partner with The Clerc Center at Gallaudet University, Boston University, California School for the Deaf (Riverside), Indiana School for the Deaf and other schools for the deaf in establishing the first curriculum standards for the instruction of American Sign Language as a first language. Additionally, The Learning Center functions as a lab school for Boston University.

The 15th annual gala, an evening of celebration to raise financial support for the The Learning Center for the Deaf will also feature a collaborative effort with Happy Hands, Happy Dogs and Red Apple Auctions.

Through The Learning Center for the Deaf's Career & Technology Education (CTE) program, students have worked closely with Lisa Kamer, founder of Happy Hands, Happy Dogs, to make Knots of Fun dog toys. Learning the skills necessary to make the toys and about the skills needed to manufacture the toys and run a retail business, the gala will showcase their efforts and students will be on hand to sell the toys.

Guests at the gala will also be in for a few surprises as Sherry Truhlar, founder of Red Apple Auction helps us create a more dynamic and entertaining auction format.

You won't want to miss this year's gala so be sure to mark your calendar now and plan to join us on April 13, 2014 for a fun-filled and memorable evening that will raise essential funds to give deaf and hard-of-hearing children the resources they need to succeed.

The success of this event is dependent on the generosity of TLC's supporters, including our families, friends and local business partners.

We hope you will join us for an evening of fun as we celebrate Signs of Spring and TLC.

For additional information on our gala, please contact Erin Cunha at 508-879-5110 x351 or email erin_cunha@tlcdeaf.org


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