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Brick Knights of Columbus Council Honored for Service to Special Needs Students

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Members of Knights of Columbus Council 8160, of Brick, N.J., receive an award for their work with a summer program for special needs children. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Members of Knights of Columbus Council 8160, of Brick, N.J., receive an award for their work with a summer program for special needs children. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Board of Education on Thursday night honored Knights of Columbus Council No. 8160, based in Epiphany Church in Brick, for funding and organizing days’ worth of activities for special needs students during the district’s summer program.

Each year, members of the council give the children a pizza party, a day of bowling, an outdoor field day, plus juice and snacks throughout the summer. The council was honored with a proclamation from the school board for not only their work with the children directly, but fundraising all year to pay the thousands of dollars required to give the kids a summer to remember.

“This community organization has made a significant impact on the lives of Brick Township’s special needs students since the inception of our extended-year programs,” said Superintendent Gerard Dalton. “We extend our most heartfelt thank-you to Knights of Columbus [Council] 8160.”

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“This goes way back for us,” said John Crosio, who chairs the program for the Knights each summer. “Every year, we’re here to help. We tag, we do our fundraising and have our golf tournament. The gentlemen really work hard.”

“When I asked the kids, ‘what’s a Knight,’ they said it’s someone who has rescued people,” said Brett Novick, coordinator of the special needs summer program. “You have done that.”