Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation has worked with Girl Scout Troop 3642 to install sign language signs in popular Lee’s Summit Parks.
These signs allow for children to learn sign language and increase inclusivity with American Sign Language (ASL) users through communication in parks and playgrounds.
Girl Scouts from Troop 3642 include Kaelyn Bobal, Kaylee Conrad and Samantha Wozniak. This project for the Girl Scout Cadettes is considered their Girl Scout Silver Award — the highest honor a Cadette can achieve. The Silver Award is a sustainable project that offers a long-term impact in the community.
“I am so impressed with my troop,” Jessica Bobal, Girl Scout Troop 3642 leader, said. “They have received the highest reward during the pandemic. They all stuck to the project and I am very proud of their efforts.”
The signs display ASL phrases which are easy to learn and helpful for children and people who are non-verbal, deaf/hard-of-hearing, and/or on the autism spectrum. There is also a sign for the American Manual Alphabet to help spell.
Signs are placed at playgrounds at Lea McKeighan Park north and south, Miller J. Fields Park, Charles David Hartman Memorial Park, and Lowenstein Park. The signs are funded by the Community Grant awarded by Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s Grant Committee.