Knights of Columbus donate to JCS

Knights of Columbus donate to JCS Autism Program
Posted on 08/31/2018
Accepting the check for JCS!CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – It was all smiles at Washington High School on Thursday as 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. The check for $959 was raised by volunteers during the Knight’s annual Tootsie Roll Campaign when members and volunteers from the church came together after Mass to collect the funds at the local Food Lion store. Knights of Columbus Financial Secretary Bob Rizzo said they have raised around $16,000 for the school system’s autism program over the last 12 years. 
“We accumulate the donations after a weekend, send it into the state Knights of Columbus and they take 15% of it and use it mostly for Catholic charities, like Special Olympics,” he said. “We take our 85% and, since we’ve started, we’ve used it for autism here.”
Rizzo, who has a grandson on the autism spectrum, said the resources available today are very important to individuals and families. Grand Knight with the local council Stan Nelson said giving back is what the Knights of Columbus is all about.
“The first job of Knights is charity, and we work hard through the year to raise money for a variety of charitable causes,” he said, adding that the Tootsie Roll Campaign is especially fun for everyone.
“This is always a treat. Nothing better than giving money to somebody and getting a smile,” Nelson said.
The money will be divided among the three JCS autism classrooms. The host schools are Driswood Elementary School, Wildwood Middle School, and Washington High School. 

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