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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.


Christmas Party at the Michigan School for the Deaf
​We had another successful Christmas party with 30 students at the Michigan School for the Deaf. Thanks to the many Granges and Grangers who helped make it exciting for the students. Included Granges were Runs #160, Gratiot #1898, Burr Oak #1350, Barnard #689, Oceana Center #1047, West Oshtemo #1630,
St. Joe/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Fredonia #1713, North Adrian #721, Rome #293, Plymouth/Westland #389, Mid MI Pomona #61, Studley #1174, Mosherville #1351, Carlisle #812, Kinney #754, and the Michigan State Grange. Grangers who were involved were the Claudia Libbey family, Marshall and Jackie Bishop, Ted and Helen Mudd and Tricia Eidsmoe, Phil and Luanna Swainston, Peggy Johnston, Dale Moore and Sharon Popler.

Mr. Mark Bovey, the Assistant Manager, welcomed the Grangers and thanked us for continuing to support the school and the Christmas party. He then introduced Camille Jeter-Lorelle who signed the story, The Night Before Christmas while Jackie Lozano interpreted the story. What a fantastic job they did. The students then had a lunch of pizza, chips and pretzels, cookies and beverages. Thanks to Burns Grange and Studley Grange for supplying the beverages and Studley and Kinney Grange for supplying cookies. Thanks to Sharon Popler, Helen and Ted Mudd and Tricia Eidsmoe for serving the pizza. Thanks to Fern Grange #803 for a sizeable donation to help with the party.

​​Then what the students were anticipating was opening their gifts. What an exciting group of students and the enjoyment the Grangers had of watching the excitement and happy smiles on the student’s faces. Thanks to the many Granges and Grangers involved in the Adopt-a-Child Program. You made “their day”! It was all worth it!!! From the State Session I took 2 small quilts, 3 knitted/crocheted blankets, and a scarf and mittens to the school. Also included were 297 Box Tops, 160 Labels for Education and 59 Spartan UPC symbols. Please continue to save the Box Tops and Labels for Education. What a great support we have from our Granges and Grangers involved in these programs. It makes it all worthwhile. Thanks to Susanne Middlewood, from the school, for all her help in making this a successful party too.

I hope each of you and your families had a Merry Christmas, and wishing everyone a bright and Happy New Year!


Our Sympathy to Michigan School for the Deaf and CeCe Winklers Family

​​Cecelia “CeCe” Winkler who had retired after 40 years with Michigan School for the Deaf passed away on January 17th. She had served as the Principal for 15 of those 40 years. She was the kindest and friendliest person, great with the kids, always praising the Michigan State Grange for all we had done for the school over the years and just a great all around super soul. She will be missed by many.

​​Sadly missed along life’s way,
​Quietly remembered every day.
​No longer in our life to share
​But in our hearts, you’re always there.


​1. What is deafness?
a. When people can’t hear
b. When people can’t see
c. When people are easily distracted

2. Can Deaf People Drive?
a. Yes
b. No of course not
c. Maybe

​3. Can Deaf People Use the Phone?
a. Yes
b. No of course not

​4. Do you think deaf kids can go to school?
a. Yes
b. No

​5. How do deaf people talk to others?
a. They don’t talk to others
b. Sign language
c. Using paper
d. Using their mouths

​6. Can you be born with deafness?
a. No
b. Yes

​​​7. Are there other ways to become deaf besides being born with it?
a. By old age
b. By medicines
c. By accidents
d. By exposure to loud sounds
e. No you can only be born with it.

​8. If you have deafness does this consider you behind with learning from others without deafness?
a. Yes
b. No
c. Sometimes

​9. Can deaf people answer the door or even hear a fire alarm?
a. No
b. Yes

​10. Is there any famous people that have deafness?
a. No
b. Yes
c. Maybe, unsure

1-A, 2-A, 3-A​​​​​, 4-A, 5-D, 6-B, 7-ABCD, 8-B, 9-B, 10-B