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Recess is overrated. Just ask the kids at one school in Illinois. Fifth graders at Mark Bills School started a club (that eats into their recess time) to communicate with their deaf classmate and friend Rhemy Elsey.

According to CIProud.com, Rhemy was born almost completely deaf. A set of ear implants help him hear, but he relies heavily on sign language and his interpreter to communicate.

Rhemy’s friend Dezyrae Clark really just wanted to communicate properly with him and so she founded the American Sign Language Club that meets during recess to learn a few sentences and words at a time from Rhemy and his Sign Language Interpreter, Tammy Arvin.

“I was thrilled that they were interested and that they wanted to learn some sign language and that they were taking some initiative to be able to communicate more effectively with one of their classmates.” Arvin said to WMDB News.

Rhemy is more than happy to teach his friends how to sign and has even come up with his own unique sign names for many of his classmates, as is customary in deaf culture.