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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.


Well, will spring weather ever get here? Hopefully we will see flowers starting to bloom and warm weather here to stay for a few months. Spring is always a refreshing time of the year with new "birth"!

Your Grange should have received letter concerning the Deaf Awareness Fund. This Fund is used in presenting a $500.00 scholarship to a graduating senior at POS.  A donation is also sent to the Alexander Graham Bell for their Summer Camp to help purchase supplies. This is just a couple of recipients as a result of the Deaf Awareness Fund. Thanks for considering this!

Please look through the Program Booklet to see what contests there are for Deaf Awareness (also other departments) and enter. Think about what you can write in the Essay Contest. Maybe have a meeting where everyone can write their idea on deafness. It can be on true happenings, educational or fictional. It has to be 300 words or less. There is a Poster Contest for the Juniors. Encourage your Juniors to enter. They can show their ideas on Deafness. The rules, etc. are found in the Deaf Awareness section of the Program Booklet. Look it over and consider entering.

​​Look over the list of items in the Deaf Awareness Annual Report and discuss some of the items to work on as a group. One item is for the Michigan School for the Deaf and that is laundry bags for the students at the school. Many students stay all week at the school only going home weekends and the laundry bags would be helpful for them. Also slippers were requested for the students. All sizes appreciated! I will try to get an updated Wish List when school starts in the fall. You Granges and Grangers seem real supportive of items on the list. The teachers are real appreciative of this.

Again, Happy Spring!!!


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).