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Sign language class at Active Adult Center betters staff communication

City staff joined members of the Snellville Adult Activity Center Thursday to learn helpful sign language techniques they may find helpful during the course of their workdays.

Officers Thaddeus Clark and Scott Hermel of the Snellville Police Department along with Chief Court Clerk Robin Gordon learned several signs from instructor James Scales who led the course. 

Signs for words such as “license,” “insurance” and “help” were shown to the class participants – words that will be helpful to the officers and court personnel if they need to communicate with a deaf person. 

Scales, who has a friend who is deaf, is a dialysis nurse who volunteers at the center free of charge. He learned sign language as a sort of hobby to communicate with his friend and others and now teaches the language as a way to give back. 

The sign language class is free of charge to all members and takes place each Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the center located next to City Hall at 2350 Oak Road. 

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