One-half of the funds raised go to support the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The remaining funds are distributed at the discretion of each individual council. Tony and Dennis delivered checks to these three local charities- all specialize in providing services to children with developmental disabilities:
0The Academy of St. Louis:
Founded and operated by Dunn Family (Ann and daughter Terri O’Daniels) of Incarnate Word Parish, this extraordinary operation specializing in providing a Catholic education to children with Aspergers syndrome (autism spectrum), ADHD, speech/language delays, and other cognitive disabilities. Presently the enrollment is 12 students. It’s located in the former Linda Vista Catholic School in Southwest Chesterfield. You can find more information about this unique school at acadstl.org/.
To Better Serve the Community, Children’s Home Society of Missouri and Family Resource Center officially united to become FamilyForward on April 1, 2017. Together, the agencies have 169 years of experience helping children and families. FamilyForward is a movement and the name for the merged entity of two of St. Louis’ most accomplished, leading-edge non-profit organizations. FamilyForward is the direction for hope and for new opportunities to build safer, healthier relationships for children and families. More information is available at familyforwardmo.org/
Incarnate Word Parish School One Classroom Program:
One Classroom is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation dedicated to creating inclusive Catholic educational opportunities for children with special needs in the Saint Louis Archdiocese. We believe every child deserves a Catholic education in their local parish school in full community with their peers! Incarnate Word Parish School is one of the schools participating in the program.
The mission of One Classroom is as follows:
- Build Awareness & Promote inclusive Catholic education
- Educate about inclusive learning
- Support parish schools
- Connect families & building a community
- Provide access expert resources and practitioners
- Create forums and opportunities to share best practices
- Fundraise and provide funding to schools through grants
- Welcome every child with special needs into our Catholic schools!
More information about the Incarnate Word Parish School One Classroom Program is available at one-classroom.com/home.html.
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization: with nearly 4 million athletes in more than 170 countries -- 15,000 of them here in Missouri. We are also a global social movement. With initiatives to activate youth, engage kids with intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of our athletes - we're changing the game for people young and old and asking you to be a part of it all. More information is available at somo.org.
For More information about the IW Knights, click here. If you want to donate online to the IWKnights' Persons with Developmental Disabilities (DD) or "Tootsie Roll" Drive, just simply click on or scan the QR code to the Right or text 4863488 to (715) 803-4772 to donate to the DD Drive via any mobile device!