For the City Times
Local schools took in a big donation for disabled kids thanks to the Knights of Columbus.
Every year, the local KoC — John R. McGinley Council #1170 — holds its Tootsie Roll Drive: a several-week-period of time when KoC members distribute candy bars, typically specially-marked Tootsie Rolls, to the public in exchange for monetary donations.
The donations are then dispersed to special education programs at local schools.
This year, the group benefited programs at SPASH, Ben Franklin and P.J. Jacobs junior highs and Pacelli Area Catholic Schools. Each school received $958.74 from the Knights.
Rhody Przekurat, former Grand Knight for the KoC, said the group typically chooses four different schools each year to benefit.
The Knights of Columbus also supports the annual Special Olympics Summer Games, which is also held in Stevens Point.