Still time to sign up for ‘sign2sing’ event

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LOCAL schools are being offered a final opportunity to sign up for a charity record breaker for the most young people signing and singing a song simultaneously.

Teachers, parents and children from the Forfar and Kirriemuir area are being invited to register for SignHealth’s sign2sing world record breaking attempt on February 6 by Wednesday (January 23(.

Steve Powell, chief executive of SignHealth, which is the national healthcare charity for deaf people, said: “More than 900 schools, including four from Angus, have so far signed up for sign2sing but we are hoping around 1,200 schools will participate to ensure we break our current world record.

“Last year, 114,277 children took part in our second sign2sing event and broke our previous record. We are once again inviting schoolchildren and also parents, if they’d like to join in, to take part in our Guinness World Records® attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time.”

This year, teachers and pupils who sign up for sign2sing will have access to digital resources developed by SignHealth in partnership with leading cause-related entertainment provider, Digital Giving.

The children’s book character, Olli the monkey, who loves to sign, features in the online digital resources and in an interactive lesson called ‘Monkey Manor’.

Although Monkey Manor is fun and entertainment-led, schoolchildren will be steered to access important communication messages, tips and information as part of the experience.

Steve added: “The digital resources are available to all schools that register for sign2sing and include a free whiteboard app.

“sign2sing is all about communication and the app will make it easy for teachers to teach the signs and song in an engaging way.”

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

For more information about sign2sing, please contact SignHealth on 01494 687600.