Appreciation, Gratitude Help Schneckenburger Elementary Earn Another $1,000 Donation from Knights of Columbus

The appreciation, gratitude, and family atmosphere displayed at Walter G. Schneckenburger Elementary earned the school’s special education department its second $1000 donation in as many years from the Knights of Columbus Edward J. Stoulig Council #3528.

“I can’t say enough about that entire staff,” said Knights of Columbus Stoulig Council #3528 Grand Knight Henry Richardson, referring to the teachers and school staff at Schneckenburger. “Those students get a solid foundation from that school.”

Richardson presented the check to the school’s principal, Diane Hodge, during Schneckenburger’s annual winter program. The Knights raise funds each year to benefit a community program that helps children with special needs. The 2013-2014 school year was the first time Schneckenburger was awarded the donation, also $1000.

“They wanted the parents to know, so they had an assembly,” Richardson said about presenting the 2013-2014 donation to the school. “The teachers didn’t even know. It was a surprise. The kids sent a thank you note and the parents stopped me saying ‘thank you, thank you, thank you.’”

When the Knights saw how the school handled the donation the first time around, it became an easy decision to provide a second donation for the 2014-2015 school year, Richardson said.

The donation will go a long way helping Schneckenburger students, as the special education department plans to purchase reading supplies with the money.

“This type of community support is vital to our school,” said Hodge. “The material resources are always needed and the support keeps the school connected to the community.”

Among the many compliments Richardson had for the Schneckenburger family included the warm relationships between teachers and students. Richardson also said he could see the work being done with the help of last year’s donation. And while a recipient has yet to be named for the 2015-2016 school year, the impression that’s been left on Richardson could have the Knights making a return trip to Schneckenburger Elementary.

“The school is fantastic,” said Richardson. “Good, positive things are happening there and there is a bond between the teachers and the kids. It feels good supporting something so worthwhile.”