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 2020 GRANGE NEWS

What a great day we had with the 25 students at the Michigan School for the Deaf Adopt-a-Child program. I think this was the first year that all of the students were there. What excitement it was for them and it showed on their happy faces. After a lunch of pizza, chips, cookies, cupcakes, beverages and candy suckers with the “I Love You” sign on them (thanks Peggy) and a special thanks to those who donated items for the lunch too! Camelle Jeter-Lorello then signed The Night before Christmas for the students and did some familiar songs with the students signing with her and dancing along with Dave Lawer interpreting. The gifts were then opened with much enthusiasm! I would like to thank all of those involved in making this program a success. They were Burns #160, Gratiot #1898, Community #1675, Kinney #754, Carlisle #812, Oceana Center #1047, Barnard #689, Plymouth/Westland #389, North Adrian #721, Burr Oak #1350, Rome #293, Fredonia #1713, Studley #1174, West Oshtemo #1631, Mosherville #1351, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona 34, Ted, Helen Mudd & Tricia Eidsmoe, Phil & Luanna Swainston,The Libbey Family, Dale Moore-Sharon Popler & Peggy Johnston, Jackie & Marshall Bishop. Twenty-two of these also attended the party! Thanks to Susanne Middlewood at the school for helping me coordinate this successful program. Thanks also for those who contributed to the Teachers Wish List.  Many, many items that were on the Wish List were brought to the school. It takes Granges and Grangers to make this a success too! A big THANK YOU to everyone!!!

With this year coming to an end I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

MARCH/APRIL 2020 GRANGE NEWS
Spring is coming soon, hopefully. Enough of this cold weather! I want to thank the Granges and Grangers who “answered” the Wish List from the Michigan School for the Deaf teachers. I was amazed at all the items that were brought to the school the day of the Adopt-a-Child Christmas party. I don’t know all that was brought that day but they made at least 4 or 5 trips to the office with the items packed on carts. I know that some of the items were:

​6 wooden puzzles, a wooden train set, coloring books, many boxes of crayons, paper binders, 2 notebook packs of paper, 5 twin packs of glue sticks, 100 pencil erasers, many pencils, 6 bottles of white glue, boxes of colored washable markers,
spiral notepads, wooden blocks and board, 3 match games, 5 children’s books, 3 bean bag chairs, ink pens, scissors, Star stickers, sweatshirt, socks, scarf, hats, loves, muffs, Washcloths, toothbrush & paste, soap, Combs and jewelry boxes.

​​Wow! What a list of what I know that was brought and I know more should be added. You all came through with “flying colors”!

Deaf Awareness Contests
Please continue to look in the Program Booklet for contests that you can enter! Let’s make this next State session a “growth” in entries!

​If you have Junior Grange aged children or grandchildren or even children of that age in your neighborhood consider having them enter the Deaf Awareness Poster Contest. Talk to them about how it would be to be deaf or hard of hearing and the challenges involved. Then have them make a poster. It’s a great rainy day project that just could earn them a few dollars and a ribbon!

There is also the essay contest that is not only open to Juniors but also Subordinate members. Topics include:
  1. ​What would your experience be with parents or loved ones that became 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?
300 words and you could have another entry for the contest!

​Wishing each of you a “blarney” St’ Patrick’s Day, a blessed Easter and a Happy Spring!
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