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Byron Center, MI 49315
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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.


I hope you all had a great summer as fall approaches.

I know it’s not the Christmas season yet but for the Adopt-a-Child Program, plans are being made as soon as school starts. I need to know if we have new Granges or Grangers who would like to Adopt-a-Child at the Michigan School for the Deaf and “honor” them at Christmas. The expressions on the faces of the child is worth the time to share what you can give. Most of those children would not have much of a Christmas without the generosity of you. Talk it over with your Granges and Grangers and give great thought to Adopting-a-Child.

With State Session approaching soon please look over the contests available to you. The contest and rules are in the Michigan State Grange Program Booklet. The Essay Contest is one. If you have Juniors in your Grange, encourage them to enter the Poster Contest. Look over the other contests in the Booklet also and see what is available and interests you.

If your Grange hasn’t donated to the Deaf Awareness Fun your contribution would be appreciated. We recognize a graduating senior at Michigan School for the Deaf with a $500.00 scholarship to help with furthering his/her education. Also $150.00 is contributed to the Alexander Graham Bell Association to help with their camp activities and supplies, each summer. At the Adopt-a-Child Christmas Party at the Michigan School for the Deaf the fund helps to pay for the pizza served at lunchtime for the students and teachers. (other food, beverage are donated by Grangers.)

Don’t forget to send me your Annual Deaf Awareness form by September 10th!! If you have a program that you would like to share please send it to me and I would share it with others. Also if you have marked at least 15 items, you will receive a special award. Whatever you mark, I am interested in what you are doing.

Don’t forget your Boxtops and labels for Education labels. Otherwise send them with your delegates or send them to me.

Have a good rest of summer and enjoy your fall.

Hope to see you at State Session.


On Thursday, June 6, 2019 Peggy Johnston, Sharon Popler, Phil and I attended the Michigan School for the Deaf Graduation. There were 18 graduates this year. This is the biggest class we have seen (in fact 7 were students that were involved in our Adopt-a-child program) and 4 of the younger ones were in
charge of the flags and the signing of the Pledge of Allegiance.

​We congratulate the Class of 2019!
Their theme was “Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

A reminder to any Granges or Grangers that have not already made a donation to the Deaf Awareness is the time to do so. Appeal letters went out awhile back.  These funds are being used for some super projects.  A special thank you to all of those that have already made your donations. It is greatly appreciated.​

I have had some inquiries about the Adopt-a-Child Christmas Program at the Michigan School for the Deaf and I appreciate that. If you had a child last year I am assuming you want one this year too. If you were not on my list for last year, please contact me and I will gladly add you to my list. (I have Community Grange, added. Thanks!) It can be a Grange, a Granger or a couple. I have some who have taken two and that’s great! Just let me know. I am hoping to get the names of the students by the end of October or the first of November so you have time to shop. If you have any questions please let me know.


​The recipient of this years $500.00 scholarship was Evan Anthony Jones. He came to Michigan School for the Deaf when he was in the 7th grade with very little language. He had difficulty learning and is leaving this year because of his age. H had come very far learning independence and work skills. He is now working in his community part time and at the school part time. He works very hard and is always happy! His parents want him to attend school for this artistic ability. Right now he is working through a vocational organization, getting more Life Skills and vocational training. The committee felt he deserved recognition. We wish him the best!