Michigan State Grange
2020-2021 Program
Deaf Awareness
 The purpose of the Grange health project, Grange Deaf Awareness, is to serve deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people.
>>to encourage education of Grange members and non-Grange persons regarding deafness, including understanding the need for communication access by deaf and hard of hearing people.
>>to promote hearing protection, and to provide information about the hazards of noise.
>>to develop new programs and projects that will meet the above criteria.
>>Further, to create interest in our health project at all Grange levels, to increase participation and strengthen the image of the Grange.

For Pomona, Subordinate and Junior Granges
Award: Grange Deaf Awareness Chairmen completing fifteen (15) of the suggested activities will receive Special Recognition at the Annual Session of the Michigan State Grange.
1. Plan year’s work, bring ideas to your meeting, and then ask for a Grange vote.
2. Make an annual donation to the State Grange Deaf Awareness fund.
3. Report some phase of Grange Deaf Awareness in each meeting. Use the State Grange Deaf Awareness Newsletter as a source of information.
4. Present at least one program each year on the subject of Deafness, hearing protection, any part of hearing loss.
5. Submit a copy of a program that was one on deafness for your members to the Director for possible sharing with others.​
6. Participate in the Michigan School for the Deaf Adopt-A-Child Project.
7. Participate in any other Michigan School for the Deaf projects or events.
8. Donate to the Michigan School for the Deaf and Box tops for Education.
9. Donate items to the Michigan School for the Deaf Teachers Wish List
10. Observe Better Hearing and Speech Month in May
11. Have a speaker speak at your Grange meetings concerning deaf awareness issues.
12. Attend a Deaf Awareness conference, State Grange Convention or any other State Grange sponsored leadership conference.
13. Promote newborn hearing screening, give information in your meetings, talk to parents of young children about the importance of this subject.
14. Support legislation that benefits deaf and hard of hearing people.
15. Promote entries in the Junior Grange Deaf Awareness Poster Contest. Encourage them to learn sign language.  (see rules in Program Book)
16. Promote and encourage entries in the “Essay Contest” which is available for all ages. (see rules in program book)
17. Distribute the Pledge of Allegiance in Sign Language posters in your community.
18. Distribute the Manual Alphabet posters in your community.
19. Distribute the Do You See the Signs posters in church nurseries, Day Care Centers, school and other places where families congregate.
20. Distribute the hearing protection poster, Your Noisy World Could Get Silent, in your community.
21. Distribute the Grange Deaf Awareness poster that promotes, Awareness , Education and Prevention of Deafness.
22. Promote hearing testing for all ages.
23. Plan and carry out a hearing testing project in your Grange or meeting place.
24. Place a Deaf Awareness display in a library, Grange hall or meeting place, County Fair, community event, store window or any other place where it will be seen by the
general public and/or by Grange members.
25. Send a report of your activities to the MSG Deaf Awareness Director by Sept. 10th. (Report form to be provided.)

Junior Grange Deaf Awareness Poster Contest
Purpose: To teach Junior Grange members about hearing loss, hearing protection, and how deaf and hard of hearing people communicate and to give Juniors the opportunity to express their creative abilities.

Awards: Ribbons and money awards in each age group.
1st place — $3.00, 2nd place — $2.00, 3rd place — $1.00

Judging: The judging will be on Correction of Message and Educational Value of poster and neatness.

Four Age Groups: 6 and under, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14 who are Junior Grange members or children or grandchildren of Grange members.

Rules: Poster to be made on poster board. (max. size 18 x 24 inches) You can use crayons, markers, pencils, pens, cut out pictures, and/or photos. The name of the entrant to be placed on the back of the poster along with age, Junior Grange name and number and county.

Entry Deadline: The poster is to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Bring it in or send it with delegates and take to where the Deaf Awareness Display is for judging.

Essay Contest
Division I Junior Grange members
Division II Subordinate Grange members

Essay Topics:
1. What would your experience be with parents or loved ones that became deaf with age?
2. What would your experience be with a child who is deaf?
3. What do you think your experience would be if you were deaf?​​​
Stay within a 300 word limit.

All entries are to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 am and taken to where the Deaf Awareness display is with Division and number, the entrants name, Grange name and number and county.​​

Awards: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each division will be recognized with ribbons and certificates and the Junior Grange members will also be awarded with prize money.
1st place — $3.00, 2nd place — $2.00, 3rd place — $1.00

Box Tops for Education