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Sign Language Class Wins Contest with Anti-Substance Abuse Video

Posted: Updated: May 14, 2013 10:03 PM

American Sign Language is new to the foreign language department in one valley school and it's already getting accolades.

Students are learning how to sign at Lee High School in Staunton. As part of a class project, the students created a PSA video about teenage substance abuse.

For fun they submitted it to a contest by the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth. Out of 17 entries, theirs won. It's a poem called "Death of an Innocent" in American Sign Language.

"Don't drink and drive, because anyone can get hurt. It's not just the person that's drinking. An innocent person not drinking can get hurt," said Andrea Courtney, a Lee High School junior.

"You think that that's not going to happen to me, that's going to happen to someone else. It's never going to happen to me and boom, it could happen anytime. You just don't know when or where," said Malachi Crawford, a Lee High School senior.

The class won $1,000, in addition to getting an A. They gave half to the school and the other half to the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, which put the money toward its campus garden.

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