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Local special education programs receive donations
Knights of Columbus to increase fundraising
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The Knights of Columbus Blessed Mother Mary Council of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Dawsonville present a financial donation to Dawson County Schools Department of Exceptional Children for the annual Spring Games program scheduled this year for April 12. From left to right: Knights of Columbus Community Relations Director Joe Hirsch, Grand Knight Tom Meeks, along with Dawson County Department of Exceptional Children representatives Angie Delaney and Director Hershel Bennett. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Blessed Mother Mary Council 15238 of the Knights of Columbus has made autism and special needs in Dawson County their priority focus in conjunction with its mission to serve its church and community. The council, which is located at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, has recently donated $2,250 to special education programs in the county.

Riverview Elementary and Dawson County High School’s exceptional kids programs each received $1,000, and $250 was donated to the Special Olympics program for the annual spring games to be held April 12.

For the past six years, the locally organized Knights of Columbus Council has worked to provide needed funds to those serving autistic and special needs children. The fruits of their efforts have gone to programs wherever it was needed, however last month the council made the decision to seek out and support those programs exclusively in Dawson County.

Council representatives researched the needs of the special needs programs at Riverview Elementary and Dawson County High School and met with the management and teaching staffs of both schools and determined that they would utilize all of their efforts to support these two programs.

The council is also focusing its attention on providing donations for the Dawson County Special Olympics in the spring. Tom Meeks, the council’s grand knight, said this is only the beginning of the charitable donations as the objective is to make additional quarterly donations of at least $1,000 to be used for these three programs.

A big portion of the council’s funds are generated through an ongoing special fundraising program with the Kroger Marketplace on Ga. 400. For the past several years, the old Kroger location – and now the new marketplace – has allowed the Knights of Columbus Council to conduct two fundraisers a year in the store’s entrance. Meeks said that soon, Kroger will allow them to hold quarterly fundraisers which he hopes will help the council meet and exceed its previous donation objectives to Dawson County’s special education programs.

“Please remember the purpose of the Knights of Columbus presence at the Dawson Kroger during the planned quarterly fundraising efforts and be generous,” said Meeks. “The needs are many for this most worthy endeavor.”