Can't sing 'O Canada' at school? Sign it.
The grade 3 class at Holy Rosary Catholic School sign O Canada each morning while it plays over the PA
When Alison Zimmerman set up her classroom this fall, she made sure all the desks were precisely five floor tiles apart.
"I remember thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, it looks like 1957 in here,'" said Zimmerman, who teaches grade 3 at Holy Rosary Catholic School in London, Ont.
Plus, her 18 students wouldn't be able to sing either. Not even O Canada.
"There's no out-loud singing because of COVID," Zimmerman said. "We're trying to limit how much we express ourselves verbally."
Zimmerman found a solution.
"I was searching around on YouTube and I found another teacher in Ottawa and she had her students demonstrate it in American Sign Language," she said.
"So after many, many rounds of practicing myself, I taught my students. And that's how we we sing O Canada with our hands every morning," said Zimmerman who tweeted out a video that has now been viewed more than 12,000 times thanks to a retweet by Margaret Atwood.
Sneak peek! The grade 3’s have learned “O Canada” in sign language this year so we can continue to safely pay respect to our great country each morning. Today, we recorded our best ever version for the <a href="https://twitter.com/holy_rosary_cs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@holy_rosary_cs</a> Remembrance Day virtual liturgy! <a href="https://t.co/rrhFPvqgGy">pic.twitter.com/rrhFPvqgGy</a>—@MissAliZim
As for her students, Zimmerman said they're excited, especially after learning what 'going viral' means.
"I have a different student leading it in front of the entire class every day," said Zimmerman. "So they really got on board."
"And it's it's a nice way, I think, for us to remember that we're really lucky and really privileged to live in Canada.