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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.


Where has the summer gone? It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner and State Grange Convention will be here before we know it. A reminder of the contests available and hopefully we will have some entries.

Deaf Awareness Essay Contest
The Deaf Awareness Essay Contest is open to everyone. The rules are as followed:
Must be a Subordinate or Junior member or family member of a Subordinate member to enter.
All entries are to be brought to the convention for judging with Division number, name, Grange name and number and county.
Essays must be on the topic “Deaf Awareness”.
They can be based on true happenings, educational or purely fiction.
Stay within a 300 word limit.

​The Divisions are:
Division I - Juniors 6 and under
Division II – Juniors 7 – 8
Division III- Juniors 9- 11
Division IV-Juniors 12 – 14
Division V – Subordinate Grange members

​Awards: 1st, 2nd,and 3rd place winners in each division will be recognized with ribbons and certificates
and the Junior Grange members will also be awarded with prize money. 1st place -$3.00, 2nd place -$2.00 and 3rd place $1.00.

Junior Grange Deaf Awareness Poster Contest
Purpose: To teach Junior Grange member about hearing loss, hearing protection, and how deaf and hard of hearing people communicate and to give Juniors the opportunity to express their creative abilities.

​Awards: Ribbons and money awards in each age group
1st place- $3.00, 2nd place-$2.00, 3rd place-$1.00

​Judging: The judging will be on Correction of Message and Educational Value of poster and neatness.
Four Age Groups: 6 and under, 7 – 8, 9-11, 12-14 who are Junior members or family member of Subordinate members.

​Rules: Poster to be made on poster board (max. size 18x24 inches). You can use crayons, markers, pencils, pens, cut out pictures and/or photos. The name of the entrant to be placed on the back of the poster along with age, Junior Grange name and number and county.

​Entry Deadline: to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Bring it in or send it
with delegates to where the posters will be judged.

Let’s get some entries is both contests!!!

​Adopt-a-Child Christmas Party
Adopt-a-Child Christmas Party will be on Wednesday, December 20 at 11:00 am. I have heard
from many of you but let me know by the end of State Session your wishes as to participating in
the program. It is a very rewarding experience!

  • Deaf Awareness Report forms are due by September 10.
  • Bring to State Session: Quilts, blankets, fleeces to be given to the Michigan School for the Deaf.
  • Also bring your Box tops and Labels for Education.  These also with be given to the Michigan School for the Deaf.
Have a great fall and see you at the State Grange Convention!


The Michigan State Grange Convention is over and I felt it went well. There was not a big delegation but I felt it was a good session. There was positive concerns and much fellowship. I didn’t have many entries in my contest but what I had was very good.

​​In the Essay Contest I had three entries. 1st Place: Peggy Johnston, Burns #160, 2nd Place: Jackie Bishop, Home #129, 3rd Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160. I read the essays and I am glad I didn’t have to judge them. Marcus and Cory Johnston had entries in the Poster Contest for Juniors and they shared good ideas on deaf awareness.

​​Other awards presented:
Deaf Awareness Donors
Rome #293, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Community #1675, Burns #160, Gratiot #1898, West Oshtemo #1630, St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Barnard #689, Home #129, Carlisle #812, Mosherville #1351, Pittsfield Union #882, Kinney #754, Studley #1174

​​Granges Filing Report Form
Lena Young—Community #1675, Peggy Johnston — Burns #160, Janice Merten—Oceana Center #1047, Jessie Cunningham — Barnard #689, Iris Stout — Rome #293, Beverly Matheny — North Adrian #721, Sharon Popler — Gratiot #1898, Robert Latterner — West Oshtemo #1630, Angela Kurburski — Harbor Springs, Doris Buehrer — Moshervill #1351, Phil Swainston — Carlisle #812, Andrea Peck — Fredonia #1713, Beverly Matheny — Lenawee Pomona #15, Dale Moore — Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Lois Hicks — St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4

MSD Adopt-a-Child Program
Claudia Libbey Family (2 children), Burns Grange #160 (2 Children), Burr Oak Grange #1350, Studley Grange #1174, Gratiot Grange #1898, Plymouth/Westland Grange #389, North Adrian Grange #721, West Oshtemo Grange #1630, St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Barnard
Grange #689, Kinney Grange #754, Carlisle Grange #812 (2 Children), Phil & Luanna Swainston, Marshall & Jackie Bishop, Oceana Center Grange #1047, Keith & Stacey Bower, Mosherville Grange #1351, Fredonia Grnage #1713, Peggy Johnston, Dale Moore, Sharon Popler, Phil & Luanna/Kenneth Becker, Ted/Helen Mudd and Tricia Eidsmoe, Michigan State Grange (3 children)

​I had a request at the session if the Michigan School for the Deaf could use dorm items. I asked and got a response. The list is as follows:
1. Slippers—from mainly 4 years to 11 years, some older students.
2. Board/Card games such as SkipBo, UNO, Racko, Connect 4, etc.
3. Personal Hygiene — deoderant , shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush (suggest that the
items be in a Ziplock bag).
4. Drawstring laundry hamper (approximately size 24 x49 inches) .
5. Pillows.

The slippers and the laundry hamper will be in the Deaf Awareness Program for 2017-2018.
The “WISH LIST” I received from some of the teachers:

Valerie Nordstom — EXP Program
We are in the process of planning and building a community garden at MSD. Some
things we could use to help are:
1. A small tiller to turn the dirt in the raised garden beds.
2. 25 foot long tape measure
​3. Watering can
4. Spray nozzle for hose.
5. Sprinkler

​Stacey Jenkinson — ELA
1. Barnes and Nobles gift cards for classroom
books (to purchase graphic novels)

Teri — Educational Resource Center (ERC)
1. Line paper
2. Glue sticks
3. Educational flash cards
4. Educational posters
5. Pencils
6. Globe
7. Index cards
8. Educational books
9. Scissors
10. Erasers

Teri Miracles—counseling Wish List
1. Squeeze balls
2. 2 small size stuffed wolves
3. Medium size globes
4. Colored pencils
5. Adult coloring books
6. Clay
7. Acrylic paint (Variety of colors)
8. Monthly planner
9. Moon sand
10. Comic books
11. Composition books or journals
12. Pencils/pens
13. Small size pillow
14. Drawing paper
15. UNO
16. Games
17. Rugs

Kelly Laatsch — List of books
1. Shadow Lands Level 2: Coven Teenage witches in the Shadow Lands books by Lisa Benjamin
2. It’s All True by Lisa Benjamin
3. Carter High Senior Year—Set 2 by Elenor Robins
4. What On Earth Science Science Series—Set 1 by Lynn and Bart King Susie Van Horn
5. ​Bookends STEELMASTER Deluxe Steel 9 inch Bookends, 1 pair, Cobalt Blue (would like 7 sets of these) $4.91 + S&H

I am writing for the names of students for the Adopt-a-child for the Christmas Program. I have names of some Granges and Grangers and if you have not contacted me yet, please do so soon. Thanks!

Wishing each of you a blessed Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May 2018 be a happy and healthy year for you!​

Michigan School for the Deaf
​Adopt—a—Child Christmas Party
December 20, 2017
11:00 a.m.