Happy 200th Anniversary!!!

Happy 200th Birthday, New York School for the Deaf!

WHITE PLAINS – April 15, 2017 – New York School for the Deaf, also knows as “Fanwood”, is celebrating a milestone achievement, as the month of April marks the School’s 200th Anniversary! As the oldest school for the deaf in New York State, the second oldest school for deaf in the country, and the only school for the deaf in Westchester County, NYSD continues their series of special events to commemorate this momentous occasion.

To kick off the celebration, NYSD students and staff members will be having a 200th Anniversary Birthday Party on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The festivities begin with an unveiling of a beautifully crafted mural depicting the School’s 200 years of rich history and excellence in Deaf Education.


The mural is unique in that it was created by artist, Ellen Mansfield, with the assistance of students, staff, and community members from NYSD’s past, present, and future. Much anticipation and excitement about catching the first glimpse of the historic mural is in the air.

Following the unveiling, there will be an “Old Fashioned” picnic lunch where students and staff members will celebrate and sign“Happy Birthday” in American Sign Language (ASL).

Finally, what birthday party is complete without dancing? To wrap up the day, there will be a big dance party featuring DJ Nico DiMarco. Nico is a very successful and talented Deaf DJ who performs nationally. Nico is the brother of Nyle DiMarco, who was the first Deaf contestant to win both America’s Next Top Model, and Dancing with the Stars. Who says Deaf people can’t dance?

“We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our entire school community.  We are thrilled to take this opportunity to reflect back on our 200 years, while also planning for the next 200 years.
– Alexis Kashar, President, New York School for the Deaf Board of Trustees

For more information about New York School for the Deaf, and 200th Anniversary events, please visit www.nysd.net

Founded in 1817, the New York School for the Deaf, the second oldest school for the deaf in the United States, is a private non-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization operated in cooperation with the New York Department of Education. At NYSD, students thrive when given learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. Being able to communicate directly with peers, teachers, and coaches is an experience that students are entitled to. At New York School for the Deaf, students have an opportunity to fully participate in student life.   By creating barrier free experiences, students engage with successful adult deaf role models to guide them.

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