NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A group of children who are deaf or hard of hearing enjoyed a special event with Santa at the Mall at Green Hills.
A "signing Santa," who is American Sign Language certified was able to communicate with each child as they made their Christmas wishes.
Participants were from the after school program at Bridges, a Nashville non-profit organization that serves people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Many children came with wish lists, and leaders at Bridges said they had been looking forward to the experience for weeks.
"This is a thrill for them," said Kate Haygood, the Director of Development at Bridges. "They are having a great time and it's a wonderful opportunity for them to sit down and tell their wishes to Santa."
The Bridges choir also performed, and the Nashville Ballet presented an excerpt from Nashville's Nutcracker. A reading of The Nutcracker story and live interpreter accompanied the performance.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.