Lancaster - Ohio University Lancaster's American Sign Language Club is sharing the love this Valentine's Day by selling baked goods in the Brasee Hall North Lobby. Members are selling the items to raise money for a spring trip to Gallaudet University.
"We need to raise $4,000," said ASL Club Treasurer Paige Hanson. "The bake sale is one of several events we will hold to try and raise that money."
The ASL Interpreting Cohort will leave for Gallaudet University February 28. Gallaudet University is located in Washington D.C. and is an institution of higher education for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
"The trip to Gallaudet is important for us because it will allow us to become exposed to deaf culture in a way we have not been exposed before," said ASL Club Secretary Lauren Johnston.
The two day bake sale started on Wednesday. A table will be set up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
Another fundraiser for the Gallaudet trip will be held on Friday, February 15. A silent bowling event will be held at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster. It will cost $10 per person and there will be unlimited bowling from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
"Silent bowling means no voices," said Hanson. "It's a hands-up, signing only event."
Hanson and Johnston said the event is open to everyone. The deaf community has been invited but, participants do not have to be deaf or know sign language to participate.
"Anybody can come and learn about deaf culture," said Hanson. "We bring non-deaf, non-signing family members all the time. Once you are there, it's hard not to pick it up."
The group has already raised approximately $1,000 by selling "I Love You" pins and magnets. The items say "I Love You" in sign language.