COLUMBIA — Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD) students took a summer field trip Tuesday to The Mud Room, a ceramic painting studio in downtown Columbia.
The trip was part of their Extended School Year program, which is a summer program for the students.
Students at MSD communicate through American Sign Language. The ability to communicate through ASL is critical, said Dee Peneston, Missouri School for the Deaf principal. She said that those children who are not exposed to language between birth and age 5 fall behind.
"We focus on teaching language first because a lot of the students come to MSD without having that language base," Peneston said.
The Missouri School for the Deaf is based in Fulton. The students plan to visit Mark Twain Cave later this month.