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August 06, 2008 17:21 ET

Filipino K of C council Is Top International Youth Activities Award Winner

Paranaque City Knights educate needy parish children

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2008) - A Knights of Columbus council in the Philippines has been awarded the organization's top honors for youth-related activities. Mary, Mother of God Council 11847 in Paranaque City received the 2008 international Youth Activities Award at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention here today.

Council members took seriously the importance of setting a good example for the next generation by creating and administering a teaching program for needy children. Fifty-eight Knights spent more than 5,200 hours teaching 64 needy children from their parish the skills they will need in the future.

The nine-week program saw students divided into three groups based on age and abilities. The first group, children ages four and five, were taught basic skills such as how to recognize the letters of the alphabet and hold a pencil properly and. The second group was comprised of children ages six and older, who developed their reading and writing skills. The third group, with more advanced students, was taught the Catechism. Five nuns and 10 college students of St. Rita College aided the Knights and their family members with the lessons.

The council also provided meals for the children following their three-and-a-half hour classes. Donations from council families paid for book bags, paper, pencils and other school supplies. At the end of the program, a graduation and Mass were celebrated.

Second place in the youth activities category was awarded to Msgr. Timothy Doyle Council 13111 of Irvine, Calif. The third-place winner was Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council 7444 of Milford, Mich. St. Bernadette Council 12164 of Scottsdale, Ariz., earned fourth place, and Fr. Thomas O'Reilly Council 4358 in Decatur, Ga., took fifth place.

The Knights of Columbus is an international lay Catholic organization with 1.75 million members who belong to more than 13,000 local councils. It annually recognizes councils for outstanding program activities in five categories: church, community, council, family and youth.

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