965 108th St SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
Cell: 616-262-3516

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.


What a great day we had with the 25 students at the Michigan School for the Deaf Adopt-a-Child program. I think this was the first year that all of the students were there. What excitement it was for them and it showed on their happy faces. After a lunch of pizza, chips, cookies, cupcakes, beverages and candy suckers with the “I Love You” sign on them (thanks Peggy) and a special thanks to those who donated items for the lunch too! Camelle Jeter-Lorello then signed The Night before Christmas for the students and did some familiar songs with the students signing with her and dancing along with Dave Lawer interpreting. The gifts were then opened with much enthusiasm! I would like to thank all of those involved in making this program a success. They were Burns #160, Gratiot #1898, Community #1675, Kinney #754, Carlisle #812, Oceana Center #1047, Barnard #689, Plymouth/Westland #389, North Adrian #721, Burr Oak #1350, Rome #293, Fredonia #1713, Studley #1174, West Oshtemo #1631, Mosherville #1351, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona 34, Ted, Helen Mudd & Tricia Eidsmoe, Phil & Luanna Swainston,The Libbey Family, Dale Moore-Sharon Popler & Peggy Johnston, Jackie & Marshall Bishop. Twentytwo of these also attended the party! Thanks to Susanne Middlewood at the school for helping me coordinate this successful program. Thanks also for those who contributed to the Teachers Wish List.  Many, many items that were on the Wish List were brought to the school. It takes Granges and Grangers to make this a success too! A big THANK YOU to everyone!!!

With this year coming to an end I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!


You’re Invited!
Michigan School for the Deaf Christmas Party For our Adopt-a-Child Program
December 19. 2019
​11:00 a.m.
1235 W. Court Street, Flint, MI

If your Grange has never participated in the Adopt-a-child program, this might be the year to do so. A child is chosen for your Grange, information is given on what the child needs, or wants. Each Grange is asked to spend in the neighborhood of $50.00 on this child and wrap them in 3 packages, no more/ no less (no gift bags, please) Either bring them to the school the day of the party and witness their wonderful joy!  Or mail them to Peggy Johnston, 404 S. Oak Street, Durand, MI in time to be received prior to the party. Luanna will make sure that a picture of your child is taken and sent to you.

Glue sticks * Coloring books * Crayons
Educational games—ages 3-6 * Pencils
Crayola washable markers * 3 bean bag chairs”
7 prs. of child scissors * Any Deaf children’s Book (any) such as:
Moses Goes to School, Moses Goes to a Concert, Moses Goes to the
Circus, Dina the Deaf Dinosaur, I am Deaf, Mo Willems books,
Eric Brown Books, Building Train Track, Toddler/Preschool puzzles, Kids Music Set, Magnetic building set, Counting bears, Beanie Bags, Washable Paint, Wikki Sticks

​​The Wish List from the teachers at the Michigan School for the Deaf includes the items listed above so far. If you would like to purchase any of the items GREAT! You can bring them to the school Christmas party or mail them to Michigan State Grange, 404 S. Oak Street, Durand, MI 48429. If you would like to make a donation toward these supplies (and most likely other items that will be added to the list) shopping would be done for you. You can give money or a check to either Luanna Swainston or Peggy Johnston and earmark it “Wish List Supplies”. I know the teachers appreciate the items for their classrooms. Thanks for your consideration!

Burns #160, Gratiot #1898, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Studley #1174, Rome #293, Fredonia #1713, West Oshtemo #1630, North Adrian #721, Barnard #689, Fern #803, Carlisle #812, Kinney #754, Plymouth/Westland #389, Mosherville #1351
Plymouth/Westland #389, Barnard #689, Burns #160, Gratiot #1898, Rome #293, Kinney #754, Home #129, Oceana Center #1047, Community #1675, Studley #1174, Mosherville #1351, Fredonia #1713, Carlisle #812, North Adrian #721 *** CharAn Pomona #38, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, St. Joe/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Lenawee Pomona #15

Mosherville #1351, Plymouth/Westland #389 (2 students), Oceana Center #1047, Libbey Family (2 students), Barnard #689, Burr Oak #1350, Studley #1174, Marshall & Jackie Bishop, Burns #160, West Oshtemo #1630, St. Joseph/Cass/Kalamazoo Pomona #4, Kinney #754, Fredonia #1713, North Adrian #721, Mid Michigan Pomona #61, Rome #293, Gratiot #1898, Ted & Helen Mudd & Tricia Eidsmoe, Kent, Ottawa & Oceana Pomona #18, Phil and Luanna Swainston, Carlisle #812, Dale Moore & Peggy Johnston & Sharon Popler.

1st Place: Tom Smith West Oshtemto #1630
2nd Place: Peggy Johnston Burns #160
3rd Place: Janie Lerchen Plymouth/Westland #389

1st Place: Cory Johnston Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Marcus Johnston Burns JG #325