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Sunderland pupils in sign singing world record attempt

Pupils at Thorney Close Primary School, Torquay Road, Sunderland, are learning sign language for a 'sing to sign' event early next year.

Pupils at Thorney Close Primary School, Torquay Road, Sunderland, are learning sign language for a 'sing to sign' event early next year.

CHILDREN are being urged to sing up to promote a charity for the deaf.

Pupils at Wearside’s Thorney Close Primary School are already practising for the annual sign2sing event, which is a world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing simultaneously.

Youngsters at the Torquay Close school have taken part in the project, organised by SignHealth, a charity for deaf people, before and have already signed up for the forthcoming event on February 6 .

Now other schools and organisations across the city are being urged to join them.

Steve Powell, chief executive at SignHealth, said: “More than 800 schools have signed up so far, and we’re delighted Thorney Close Primary School is involved in the event too.”

Last year, 114,277 children took part in SignHealth’s sign2sing 2012 event, including pupils from Sunderland and County Durham, and smashed the previous world record of 94,489.

Among the schools which took part were Thorney Close, Cleadon Village School, Glendene School and Community Arts Academy in Easington, babies and toddlers at the TalkFirst club, and The Hermitage Academy in Chester-le-Street.

This will be SignHealth’s third sign2sing event, and the charity is hoping to involve more than 175,000 youngsters.

Teachers and pupils who sign up for sign2sing will have access to digital resources, including Olli the monkey, who loves to sign.

Steve said: “Any schools in Sunderland that decide to take part will be joining hundreds of schools all over the country and some in other countries at 2.45pm on Wednesday, February 6, when they attempt to break the world record.”

It is suggested everyone pays £1 to join in, and the money raised from the event will be used to continue the charity’s work, helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf people, including deaf children.

Schools wishing to take part are invited to register their interest via www.sign2sing.org.uk.

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