LEROY \u2014 Students in Scott Benson\u2019s classroom at Pine River High School have been lending a helping hand and learning work skills in the local area, and were recently given financial support to help with outreaches. On Tuesday, Grand Knight Wayne Boorsma of the Knights of Columbus Lake County Council No. 13865 handed Benson a check for more than $730. Benson\u2019s class is a comprehensive special education program including a work study option. \u201cOur class focuses on work-based projects,\u201d Benson said. \u201cThe students helped load and unload gifts for the Department of Health and Human Services Christmas for Kids in Baldwin this past year. We also do a lot of recycling projects. This is an innovative program which even students from other schools are part of. \u201cWhen these students walk out of here, they are equipped with job skills. They are great workers,\u201d he said. The check Boorsma presented to Benson helps make the students\u2019 outreaches and trips to obtain work skills possible. Boorsma explained the money was raised by a Tootsie Roll drive at several businesses in Lake County. \u201cWe collected more money last year than the previous year, and were able to give more to the Pine River High School special education program and the Good Time Bowlers, who bowl at the Baldwin Bowling Center. Each received a check for $735.13,\u201d Boorsma said. Boorsma is planning another Tootsie Roll drive in the spring. \u201cThe members of the Knights of Columbus Lake County Council No. 13865 appreciate the outpouring of generosity by the people of Lake County and those who visit our area. We aim to help our community in every way we can and their generosity makes it possible,\u201d Boorsma said.