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Knights of Columbus, Kroger raise funds for area children with autism and special needs
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From left, Knights representative Ed Dietzel, Dawson County High School lead teacher and coach Derek Waters, Kroger Assistant Manager Rosbeth Leath, Knights representative Tom Meeks, Director of Exceptional Children at Dawson County Schools Hershel Bennett, Kroger Manager Vicki Smith, Knights representatives Tony Robertini, John Kenny and Deacon Joe Anzalone. Meeks and Smith present a check for $2,000 to Bennett for the Dawson County Schools Exceptional Children department. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The local Knights of Columbus Council, based out of the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Dawsonville, is continuing a partnership with the local Kroger that is focused on meeting the needs of students served by the Exceptional Children department at Dawson County Schools.

The partnership began a little over a year ago and is part of the Knights’ longtime support of autism and special needs programs for children throughout the state.

The goal of this year’s fundraising program is to generate $10,000 to support the needs of the Exceptional Children department for planning, special equipment, instruction and community involvement activities for all children who benefit from the programs offered.

The effort is largely supported by Knights of Columbus members soliciting donations in front of Kroger on four selected weekends throughout the year.

This past week, representatives from the Knights and Kroger presented a check for $2,000 to Hershel Bennett, director of the Exceptional Children department, in front of the Kroger Marketplace.

That donation brings the total to date for this fundraising program to slightly over $6,000 and puts the effort well on track to achieve this year’s goal.

Two more weekends for fundraising are scheduled at Kroger for the year: August 10 and 11 and November 9 and 10.

Knights, along with Dawson County School special needs instructors, will be asking for donations at both of the Kroger main entrances during these two remaining fundraising weekends. In addition to asking for donations, there will be information on hand regarding autism and special needs in general along with specific information on the Dawson County Schools Exceptional Children department.