Kids Learn to “Sign” Using ASL at Queens Goodwill Program

Wouldn’t it be exciting to communicate with someone in a language other than your own?

Well, PS. 149 students who participate in Goodwill’s Beacon Program in Jackson Heights, Queens, took learning a new language to a higher level! They joined the program’s American Sign Language (ASL) club.

Paola Becerra is the instructor of the ASL club at the Beacon 149 program. As soon as school began last September and through last February, Paola worked with some of the kids to perform the ASL rendition of country singer Leann Rhimes, “Can’t fight the moonlight.”

Paola also worked with non-targeted students and created a version of “The heart wants what it wants” by Selena Gomez from February to June. The students also learned the ASL alphabet, basic gestures and phrases, as well as how to convert lyrics into ASL.

Check out Goodwill Beacon at PS. 149 singing Selena Gomez’s hit “The heart wants what it wants”

How important is for you to learn another language or being able to communicate with people with disabilities, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing?

Beacon Community Centers provide a wide array of educational and recreational activities for anybody ages, six to adult. The Beacon programs are designed to engage the entire community of the host school, after school, evenings, weekends, school holidays, and during the summer. Activities include homework help, music, dance, cooking, basketball, SAT and college preparation activities, basketball, ESL, Junior Achievement, Girl Scouts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), service learning, Robotics, Project Based Learning, and much more.

For more information about the services Goodwill’s Beacon program at PS. 149 offers, contact Program Director Jose Mateo at (718) 426-0888 or

93-11 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372



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