LUANNA SWAINSTON, DIRECTOR
965 108th St SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
616-877-0169
Cell: 616-262-3516
plswainston@hotmail.com
DEAF AWARENESS
POSTERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

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.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 GRANGE NEWS

What a great day we had today (Dec. 19) with 24 students at the Michigan School for the Deaf and the Adopt-a-Child Christmas program! We “hit” a first with all the students there. After a lunch of pizza, chips, snowmen, cookies, water and pop, they “listened” to the stories The Night Before Christmas A to Z, and Carl’s Christmas signed by Camelle Jeter-Lorello. After the stories they opened their presents from the Granges and Grangers. What an excited group of students.

​The Granges that provided the students with gifts this year were Mosherville, Plymouth/Westland, Oceana Center, Barnard, Burr Oak, Studley, Burns, West Oshtemo, St.Joe/ Cass;Kalamazoo Pomona, Kinney, Carlisle, Fredonia, North Adrian, Mid MI Pomona, Rome, Gratiot, and Kent/Ottawa/Oceana Pomona. The Grangers that provided gifts were the Libbey family, Marshall and Jackie Bishop, Ted and Helen Mudd and Tricia Eidsmoe, Dale Moore, Peggy Johnston and Sharon Popler and Phil and Luanna Swainston. We had Grangers represented from Burr Oak, Plymouth/Westland, Barnard, Studley, Burns, West Oshtemo, Kinney, Mid MI Pomona, Gratiot, and Carlisle.

​Thanks to all the Granges and Grangers that were represented and for their support. The school is appreciative of what the Grange does for them. I would also like to thank all the Grangers who have helped me this year. I couldn’t have done it without you!

​A big thank you to Susanne Middlewood and her staff for a “job well done” again this year. They have been very cooperative with me and I really appreciate it!

​I want to wish all the Grangers a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest New Year!
MARCH/APRIL 2019 GRANGE NEWS

I found this article on the Internet. You think of people being deaf but dogs?

​“Unadoptable” Rescue Dog Makes History as the First Deaf Member of Washington’s K-9 Unit. By
Meera Dolasia on Mary 5, 2018


​Ghost, a pit bull mix with honey brown eyes and gorgeous white fur, is making headlines for becoming the first deaf dog to join the K-9 team in Washington state’s and,possibly, even the country’s history. What makes the achievement even more remarkable is that, just a few years ago, the narcotics detection dog, was deemed “unadoptable” and scheduled to be euthanized. The canine’s incredible journey began in September 2015, when the then three-month -old stray puppy was brought to the Swamp Haven Rescue Center in St. Augustine, Florida. Thanks to his high energy, occasional indifference to humans, and deafness, which would require adopters to learn a different way to communicate, animal control officials placed him on the “unadoptable” list. This meant the puppy would soon have to be put down. However, Swamp Haven volunteers were not ready to give up on Ghost and reached out to animal shelters across the country for help. To their delight and relief, the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society in Port Angeles, Washington agreed to take in the puppy, giving Ghost a new lease on life.

​After the puppy missed out on several adoption opportunities, the shelter reached out to Barb Davenport, a K-9 program manager for Washington State Department of Corrections, who is well-known for selecting canine recruits from animal shelters around the country. The expert, who has trained over 450 rescue dogs to search for drugs since the 1980s, thought Ghost was the perfect candidate for the job. Davenport said, "He was very focused and determined to locate his ball when thrown or hidden. This makes for a more trainable dog.” And while his high energy may have been a deterrent for a home life, it was an important asset for his new career.

Following a multi-year training stint, Ghost began his job, which entails sniffing for drugs in state prisons and other facilities, in January 2018. Even more heartening is that the once “unadoptable” dog now has a stable and happy home with handler Joe Henderson, who, like Ghost, works for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.


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​Wishing each of you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Spring (hopefully). I think we are all ready for warm weather.
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