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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.


Where has the summer gone? It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner and State Grange Convention will be here before we know it. A reminder of the contests available and hopefully we will have some entries.

Deaf Awareness Essay Contest
The Deaf Awareness Essay Contest is open to everyone. The rules are as followed:
Must be a Subordinate or Junior member or family member of a Subordinate member to enter.
All entries are to be brought to the convention for judging with Division number, name, Grange name and number and county.
Essays must be on the topic “Deaf Awareness”.
They can be based on true happenings, educational or purely fiction.
Stay within a 300 word limit.

​The Divisions are:
Division I - Juniors 6 and under
Division II – Juniors 7 – 8
Division III- Juniors 9- 11
Division IV-Juniors 12 – 14
Division V – Subordinate Grange members

​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 and 3rd place $1.00.

Junior Grange Deaf Awareness Poster Contest
Purpose: To teach Junior Grange member 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 members or family member of Subordinate members.

​Rules: Poster to be made on poster board (max. size 18x24 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: to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Bring it in or send it
with delegates to where the posters will be judged.

Let’s get some entries is both contests!!!

​Adopt-a-Child Christmas Party
Adopt-a-Child Christmas Party will be on Wednesday, December 20 at 11:00 am. I have heard
from many of you but let me know by the end of State Session your wishes as to participating in
the program. It is a very rewarding experience!

  • Deaf Awareness Report forms are due by September 10.
  • Bring to State Session: Quilts, blankets, fleeces to be given to the Michigan School for the Deaf.
  • Also bring your Box tops and Labels for Education.  These also with be given to the Michigan School for the Deaf.
Have a great fall and see you at the State Grange Convention!


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!