Girl Surprises Deaf Parents by Signing Class Christmas Pageant

National   |   Jill Stanek   |   Dec 16, 2013   |   7:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Never mind the recent bizarre case of an apparently faux interpreter for the deaf at the Nelson Mandela funeral. Here is a truly charming example of the use of sign language.

When five-year-old Claire performed Christmas songs with her fellow kindergarteners, she went beyond the coached pantomimes of reindeer antlers. Being a KODA – a “kid of deaf adults” – she interpreted the lyrics, to the surprise of her mother.




Claire Koch, a five-year-old from Clearwater, Fl., performed in her school’s Christmas pageant, and since both her parents are deaf, she surprised them by translating the songs into American Sign Language during the entire medley. Claire’s enthusiastic sign language and singing were a true showstopper, outshining her classmates’ dance moves.

Claire’s mom, Lori Koch, posted the video to YouTube Monday and it’s quickly going viral, accumulating a half million views by time of publishing. Koch told Yahoo News that her daughter has been exposed to ASL since birth and it is her first language. Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop “live birth abortions” after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.