Group Donates to Autism Program

Group Donates to Autism Program
Posted on 08/07/2019
Pictured Left to Right: Bob Rizzo, Arnold Thomas, Gene Falck, Stan Nelson,, John Doyle, Cindy Jones, Dennis Kordyak, Christy HorningCHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 13887 at St Agnes Catholic Church in Shepherdstown, W.Va. presented a check to the Jefferson County Schools (JCS) Autism Program last month. 
Volunteers raised $980.83 during the Knight’s annual Tootsie Roll Campaign as church members gathered to collect funds at the local Food Lion store after Mass on Sundays. 
Knights of Columbus Financial Secretary Bob Rizzo, who has a grandson on the autism spectrum, said the resources available today are very important to individuals and families and they are happy to support the program.
“13 years ago we could see that Autism was increasing in country and area,” Rizzo said. “I felt along with Council that we needed to support schools and their growing Autism classes.”
They’ve done that, having contributed more than $17,000.00 to Jefferson County Schools since the local campaign started in 2006.
The Jefferson County Schools Autism Program expanded during the 2018-2019 School Year to a fourth classroom at the elementary school level, so the funding is welcome according to Cindy Jones, Director of Pupil Services.
The money will be divided among all eight JCS autism classrooms located at Driswood Elementary School, Blue Ridge Campus, Wildwood Middle School, and Washington High School. 

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