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Deaf Children Attend Rock Climbing Event

MEDFORD, Ore. — More than seventy Southern Oregon children spent the afternoon climbing and creating friendships at Rogue Rock Climb.

All of the kids at the climb are deaf or hard of hearing. The Southern Oregon Education Service District got the kids together from five Southern Oregon counties. Organizers say the kids get a boost in self-esteem after events like these.

“A lot of time kids who are deaf or hard of hearing can be the only student in that school who is deaf/hard of hearing and there is some isolation to not seeing other kids that are going through the same kinds of challenges,” explained Program Director Mark Moskowitz.

In a few weeks the education service will send a team to Vancouver, Washington’s school for the deaf to compete in a brain bowl.