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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.


As many of you know from the Thank-you’s for the contributions to the Deaf Awareness Fund, we contribute to the Michigan Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Camp Fund.

The Michigan State Grange received a thank you letter from the Chapter. I would like to share this letter with you.

Dear Michigan State Grange,
You made the difference in the life of a deaf or hard of hearing child today. Thanks to your generous donation of $150.00 a deaf or hard of hearing child was able to participate in an incredible camp experience! The MI A.G. Bell Summer Camp is a place where children with hearing loss have the opportunity to take part in summer camp as well as have amplification support and a 1- hr daily language enrichment program. The AG Bell staff offers 24 hour consultation support to cabin counselors, activity leaders, and camp staff to make the experience truly meaningful! Thank you for your support of this program.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention through advocacy, education research and financial aid. AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

​​It is wonderful to see what can be accomplished when individuals and organizations come together to support projects that so directly impact the lives of children with hearing loss MI G Bell strives to increase our programs as demand increases. Present and future goals include meeting expensive objectives: organizing a professional conference, offering scholarships to children with hearing loss that attend our mainstream YMCA summer camp, and offering worthwhile programming such as Parent Advocacy Training workshops to families with deaf or hard of hearing children.

Your donation will help fund the many activities MI AG Bell provides across the State of Michigan.

Diane Hodgin, Treasurer

MI Chapter AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

I researched information about their summer camp. The Michigan AG Bells hosts a one-week, camping opportunity for children ages 8 – 18 with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language to communicate. Camp is located on 1200 acres in wooded meadow- land at the YMCA Storer Camp in Jackson, MI. AG Bell provides professionals in the areas of Deaf and Hard of Hearing education, speech Pathology and/or Audiology on staff to support this fully mainstream program, amplification support and a daily language enrichment program for children with hearing loss. The AG Bell staff offers 24 hour consultation support to cabin counselors, activity leaders and camp staff to make the experience truly meaningful, and to educate staff members about how to best interact with students with hearing loss.

Auditory oral deaf and hard of hearing campers who attend this camp are fully mainstreamed in cabins with same age peers. Younger campers (grades 3-7) stay in beautiful, spacious cabins with showers, running water and bathroom facilities. Older campers (grades 8-10) stay in a coed village focused on teamwork and personal development. A Counselor in Training program is offered for students entering grades 11 and12.

​Some of the wonderful camp activities provided through the YMCA Storer camp are a Climb and capped wall, High and low ropes courses, Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing tower, General Horseback Riding, English and Western riding. Individual and Team Sports, Archery, Riflery, General Water Sports, Recreational Swimming, Canoeing, Fishing, Rowing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Sailing, Arts and Crafts, Horse lessons, Orienteering, Outdoor Living Skills, campouts, Team-building skills, Survival skills, etc.

​MI AG Bell depends solely on volunteers and donations to accomplish their goals. They devote their time, energy and talents towards helping children with hearing loss become successful adults in mainstream society.

Hopefully next season we will be able to contribute more for their camp fund.

Don’t forget to look at the Contests in the Deaf Awareness program booklet and enter the contests available.  ​I would like to see an increase in this area. Also I would like to know if your Grange or you might be willing to sponsor a child in the Michigan School for the Deaf Christmas Program. I have already heard from some of you and hopefully all who sponsored a child last year will this year too. If your Grange or you have not “adopted” a child this is a good time to do it!



Michigan School for the Deaf Graduation – 2018

She was the recipient of many scholarships and awards at Graduation. She received our scholarship of $500.00. From the Michigan Deaf Association she received one of the awards given to two students who have shown the most academic improvement in their high school years. The Mattie Sundquist Award is presented to a senior who has shown outstanding citizenship. The Detroit Association of the Deaf recognizes two students that is in one or more activities on campus who extends his or her involvement beyond the campus and into the community. He or she serves as a role model for the student body by volunteering , participation in events, excelling in school, reaching out to fellow students, and portraying an overall positive attitude. Samantha received a $500.00 scholarship from them.

She was very excited to receive her diploma. At 22 years old she plans on attending MCTI (Michigan Career and Technology Institute) in the Construction Trade.

She is a very energetic young girl and we wish her much success in her future endeavors.

Thanks to you Granges and Grangers for your support to the Deaf Awareness Fund. Without your generosity we would not be able to do this. A big THANK YOU!!!!

(A $150.00 check was also sent to the Michigan Association of Alexander Graham Bell to be used for their camp fund for supplies needed). WOW what support! You all receive a “pat on the back”!


On Thursday, June 7th, Phil and I and Peggy Johnston attended the 2018 Graduation Ceremony at the Michigan School for the Deaf. There were 12 graduates that received their diplomas. I had the privilege to present the $500.00 scholarship to Samantha Rae Trout.

She came to MSD 3 years ago from Elk Rapids. She had received a certificate of completion from her home school. She was encouraged to attend MSD to receive more sign language skills and be around other deaf students. Samantha wanted her diploma and worked very hard to get it and managed to get all credits in the 3 years thru a lot of hard work and determination. She is fluent in sign and can lip read. She has come a long ways. One of her activities was working on the Yearbook which is “published” every year. (I will bring the yearbook to the Michigan State Grange convention for everyone to look at).