Gillespie Knights of Columbus Council 2076 awarded the students of the Special Education Mentally Impaired Class a check in the amount of $1,916.34 on Friday May 18.
The donation represents proceeds from the Knights of Columbus annual Tootsie Roll Drive, held the weekend of Sept. 16-17 with very favorable weather conditions. Mike Hailstone was chairman for this year’s successful drive.
For the past 37 years the K.C.’s have sponsored the Annual Tootsie Roll Drive to assist mentally challenged students. The donations from the drive make it possible for the class to purchase numerous items to benefit the students with new and innovative materials that help stimulate learning. The proceeds also supplies supplemental money for field trips.
Christmas is a very special time of the year for the students. In December, the students attended a Christmas shopping trip to Wal-Mart. Each student chose and purchased a reasonable priced gift for them and practiced receiving the correct change. Afterwards, they lunched at the Chinese Buffet where they were enjoyed a variety of cultural foods while making their own choices.
Special Education students and staff extend their thanks for the work the K.C.’s are doing for them. Special thanks are extended to Grand Knight William Tallman, Treasurer Larry Pianfetti, Drive Chairman Mike Hailstone, the Knights of Columbus members and non-members, and those who donated.