2017-03-15 / Arts & Entertainment

K of C treats special needs teens, young adults to ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

BY AILEEN WINGBLAD
STAFF WRITER


Highland residents Debbie Popp and her son, Alec, were among 200-plus who watched “The Batman Lego Movie,” courtesy of the Knights of Columbus #7444. Highland residents Debbie Popp and her son, Alec, were among 200-plus who watched “The Batman Lego Movie,” courtesy of the Knights of Columbus #7444. More than 200 special needs teens and young adults were recently treated to a showing of “The Lego Batman Movie” at the Milford Cinema, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus #7444 of Milford.

“We wanted to do something for the special needs [teens and young adults] in Huron Valley, and came up with lots of different things like a movie or bowling. They were going to beat me in bowling, so I decided on the movie,” said K of C Deputy Grand Knight Pete Essenmacher. “It’s just part of what we do, part of giving back to the community.”

The February 24 morning and afternoon showings of the film drew members of Team Huron Valley Special Olympics and Highland’s Freedom Work Opportunities, a nonprofit jobs program for those with special needs.

“It’s wonderful; it gets the kids out in the community and with their peers,” said Debbie Popp of Highland, who accompanied her son, Alec, 24, to the theater.

And while Alec is a “big fan of Legos,” minutes before the movie started he wasn’t saying whether or not he thought the film would be a good one. “We’ll find out,” Debbie said, with a grin.

Diving into his box of popcorn, Bradley Roper, a Milford High School senior, was ready for the fun to begin and said he was excited to see “the rescue” scene in the movie.

“We very much appreciate this,” said Bradley’s teacher, Ana Bermen. “This is the most welcoming community and it continues to show these kids that they are an integral part of it.”

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