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We now have reprints of four of the previous Deaf Awareness Posters. Contact me if you wish to have posters, etc.

American Manual Alphabet: This poster is one that we did not have to reprint. This poster could be used in schools, churches, libraries, Grange Halls or anywhere that people come in contact with deaf or hearing impaired people. For example, our Grange delivered Dictionaries to a third grade classroom, along with Deaf Awareness items (one being the Manual Alphabet poster) and in one of the thank you’s we received, one of the students had learned the alphabet. Another third grade teacher had her students do their spelling words in sign language. There are many possibilities with this.

Your Noisy World Could Get Silent: This poster is a chart that shows the potential hearing hazard of the loudness of sounds combined with the length of exposure to sound and how it can create a permanent hearing loss. Preventions are suggested on this poster. It shows the decibels of many electronic devices that we are in contact with everyday.

Pledge of Allegiance: This poster could be placed in schools, Grange Halls, libraries, etc. An idea that can be used is to do parts of it at each of your Grange meetings until everyone can sign it.
Do You See the Signs: (of hearing loss) This poster could be placed in church nurseries, day care centers, pre-schools or wherever adults can view them. It is a poster to make parents aware of what an infant to 12 months should be able to do, from 12 months to 2 years, from 2 years to 4 years and 5 years old.

Grange Deaf Awareness: Awareness – communication is key to qualify of life – hearing loss is permanent- early detection and treatment is essential, etc. Education – educate the public with printed material, video programs, classroom instruction, special equipment, information, programs. Prevention- hearing protections used, hearing testing, newborn hearing screening, personal education.


May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Back in1927 the month of May was designated Better Hearing and Speech Month to raise awareness about the causes and treatments of hearing loss and speech impediments. On May 21, 1986, President Ronald Reagan issued a formal proclamation designating May as the official month to “Heighten public awareness” about hearing loss and speech disorders. His proclamation is as follows:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby pro-claim the month of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month and call upon the People of the United States to observe this with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

I hope each Grange presents a program on Deaf and Hard of Hearing in some form. Let me know about your program and please provide a picture or two of your activity. Thanks in advance.

Your Grange should be receiving a Deaf Awareness Fund plea letter. Please consider contributing to this Fund. From this Fund we will be presenting a $500.00 scholarship to a graduating senior to help further their education, which we have presented for years. Graduation is Thursday, June 8 at 1:00 at the Michigan School for the Deaf in the Jeter Center located at 1235 W. Court Street in Flint.

With this Fund we also hope to help support the Alexander Graham Bell’s summer camp programs. This money is usually used for equipment and supplies for the campers.

With your help we will be able to help support these programs and maybe others. Individual contributions are also accepted and appreciated. Thanks!

There are many happenings in the months of May and June. There will be many graduations from high school and college. Here’s wishing them a successful future in starting college or successful career in whatever they endeavor.
  • Mother’s Day is May 14. Do something special for your mom. If she is not with you remember the good times you had with her.
  • Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died trying to keep our country’s freedom
  • and support those who are now in the Military services and keep them safe. This year it is
  • recognized on May 29th.
  • Flag Day is June 14th and it is a day when we should proudly display our flags and not only the 14th but every day possible.
  • Father’s Day is on the 18th of June. Do something special for Dad! If he is not with you reminisce about the past when he was with you.
  • The First Day of Summer is June 21st. Warm weather should have arrived so you can enjoy doing things with family, vacationing, yard work, sprucing up the house, camping, etc.
I hope you have looked through the Program Booklet under the Deaf Awareness department to see what programs you can get involved in. Please consider the programs. Thanks!

Again, have a Better Hearing Month!!!


Dakota Jokoty Receives Scholarship
The Michigan School for the Deaf Graduation was Thursday, June 8, 2017.
We were able to present the Michigan State Grange $500.00 scholarship to the Valedictorian Dakota Jokoty. Thanks to Peggy Johnston and Sharon Popler for attending for me and to Sharon Popler for presenting the scholarship to Dakota. Dakota spent 4 years at the school He participated in Academic Bowl and Student Body Government with the Academic Bowl being his favorite memory. He plans on attending Gallaudet University in the fall.

Dakota is from Marine City, MI.  Dakota received an award from the Detroit Association of the Deaf. It was a $150 award to be used towards college/technical college or university for students with a least a 3.2 GPA or above, demonstrates leadership, positive role model, involved with extra-curricular activities and Student Body Government. The Quote International of Flint awarded Dakota a $1,000.00 scholarship which is to be used towards college tuition and/or expenses for a student with outstanding citizenship, a positive outlook on life and strives to be the best they can be, a student with a high GPA during high school and demonstrates leadership qualities. The Earl Jones Award is presented to the Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. This represents academic excellence and is determined by the highest cumulative GPA while attending Michigan School for the Deaf from 9th to 12th grade.

We wish Dakota and his 2017 graduating classmates a successful future in whatever they endeavor to do.

We have graduates who are members of the Michigan State Grange and we wish them well on a successful future also.

Thanks to the Granges and Grangers for making the scholarship program possible with your donations to the Michigan State Grange Deaf Awareness Fund!