Michigan State Grange
2021-2022 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 at 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. Have an entry in the Deaf Awareness Essay Contest.
  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.)
J​unior 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) Crayons, markers, pencils, pens, cut out pictures, and/ or photos can be used. The name of the entrant is 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.
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 become 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 a.m. 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, 3rd 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