Knights of Columbus gives gift to Open Door School

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Knights of Columbus, Watterson Council, No. 1405 of Ironton has donated $1,000 to the Lawrence County Open Door School.

This pacesetter contribution for the Lawrence County Board of Mental Retardation /Developmental Disabilities will help pay for air conditioning for the gymnasium at Open Door School.

"Some of our students are medically fragile," said Paul B. Mollett, superintendent of the MRDD Board.

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"Installing air conditioning is not a luxury-it is a necessity for the children we serve," he continued.

Students ages six to twenty-one engage in adaptive physical education in the gymnasium.

The gymnasium is also utilized at times by physical therapists and occupational therapists working with children on their goals for physical development.

"Open Door School appreciates the gracious gift from the Knights of Columbus and its members," said Tom Bartee, principal.

"Support from community groups helps greatly, as we work together to help children attain their highest level of functional independence," Bartee said.

Open Door School serves school-age children with multiple handicaps from various communities in Lawrence County.

In addition to receiving individualized education programming, students at Open Door School are offered access to a variety of special activities designed to enhance their learning.