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!
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 GRANGE NEWS

Another State session is over. I want to thank all those who have participated in the Deaf Awareness Department this past year. I want to thank those who contributed to the Deaf Awareness Fund container that was by my display. Many Box Tops were handed in along with some quilts. Barnard Grange members contributed school supplies to the Michigan School for the Deaf all which I will deliver soon. Thanks you Granges and Grangers for you support. It is really appreciated. I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

DEAF AWARENESS FUND CONTRIBUTORS—2018
Home #129, Gratiot #1898, Carlisle #812, Studley #1174, Fredonia #1713, Mosherville #1351, St. Joseph/ Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Barnard #689, Burns #160, Lime Creek #712, Fern #803,
​Rome #293, Kinney #754, Harbor Springs #730

DEAF AWARENESS ANNUAL REPORTS RECIPIENTS
Subordinate: Janie Lerchen—Plymouth/Westland #389, Iris Stout—Rome #293, Sharon Popler– Gratiot #1898, Janice Merten– Oceana Center #1047,
​Luanna Swainston-Kinney #754, Peggy Johnston– Burns #160, Dawn Laupp– Home #129, Jessie Cunningham—Barnard #689, Lena Young—Community #1675, Andrea Peck— Fredonia #1713, Helen Mudd—Studley #1174, Doris Buehrer—Mosherville #1351, Phil Swainston—Carlisle #812.

Pomona: Dale Moore—Mid Michigan Pomona #61,
​Lois Hicks — St.Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4

SUBORDINATE ESSAY CONTEST:
1st: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160

​ADOPT—A—CHILD PROGRAM
Claudia Libbey Family, Burr Oak #1350, Burns #160, Gratiot #1898, Barnard #689, Oceana Center #1047, West Oshtemo #1630, St.Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Marhsall & Jackie Bishop, Fredonia #1713, North Adrian #721, Rome #293, Plymouth/Westland #389, Ted, Helen Mudd & Tricia Eidsmoe, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Studley #1174, Mosherville #1351, Phil & Luanna Swainston, Carlisle #812, Kinney #754, Burns #160, Peggy Johnston & Dale Moore & Sharon Popler, Michigan State Grange Deaf Awareness.

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