The Knights of Columbus Council 9492, St John’s Tryon, recently presented checks for $1,000 each to Tryon Elementary School and Polk County High School during a ceremony at Polk County Schools district office in Columbus.

The money was raised locally by the Knights as part of the LAMB (Least Among My Brethren) Foundation. The LAMB Foundation is a statewide non-profit run by the Knights of Columbus to aid those with intellectual disabilities.

Jane Ollis of Tryon Elementary School and Maria Freeman of Polk County High School accepted the donations. Presenting the checks were Pete Crandall and Tom Furey, both members of the Knights of Columbus Council 9492. The schools are allowed to use the money in any way they view as beneficial to their special needs students.

“We thank the Knights of Columbus for their generous gift to our students,” Freeman said. “The money goes towards student needs and experiences. We have used the money to fund trips for EC students to places such as local community colleges, job corps and our end of the year trip for the lower functioning students.

“We bought transition assessments, new classroom sets of books and uniforms for job sites. It has been a great resource and our students benefit greatly from the donation.”

“(The Knights of Columbus) commitment is incredibly helpful and allows us to purchase many items that help our students learn, Ollis said. “We have used the donation in the past to purchase headphones, Speech/Language Therapy supplies and computer programs that teach children in reading, math and writing. Thank you from all of us.”