Motivated volunteer keeps school supplies, clothes always in stock for White Lake studentsSubmitted: 10/16/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

Motivated volunteer keeps school supplies, clothes always in stock for White Lake students
WHITE LAKE - More than 60 percent of students in White Lake schools come from families with financial challenges, letting those students qualify for free or reduced-cost meals at school.

But the district views that as just a number.

"We just see kids. We don't see whether they have needs or not. We just see kids, and we do the best we can to meet whatever needs they come with on a daily basis," said White Lake K-12 Principal Glenda Boldig.

Boldig's mission is helped by a motivated community volunteer, Sally Mulhollon.

"I know what it was like to be without," said Mulhollon.

Mulhollon grew up as one of eight children with a low-wage single mom.

"We've got to buy coats, we've got to buy groceries, I have to pay my rent," Mulhollon said, talking about family challenges when money is tight. "I just don't have the money to buy school supplies."

Decades later, Mulhollon is now on the other end, raising money and buying school supplies for other families in town. It's called White Lake Grassroots.

"Oh my gosh, what a godsend," Lori Pollitt remembers thinking when she heard about Mulhollon's mission.

Lori Pollitt's four kids go to White Lake schools and benefit from Mulhollon's supply drives and fundraising.

"Sometimes the ends don't meet. To be able to have that gap filled with such love...this builds everybody up," Pollitt said. "It builds you up as a parent, it builds you up as a child, it brings us together."

Pollitt's kids get pencils, notebooks, and crayons from a school supply room Mulhollen helps keep stocked. They sometimes get socks, shoes, and coats from a room stocked with clothes near Principal Boldig's office.

"A lot of great things can happen when people come together around what's best for kids," Boldig said. "That's what our focus is always on."

Now in its eighth year, Mulhollon's Grassroots project shares that focus.

"They have to have the tools to be able to learn," Mulhollon said. "That's my goal. It will always be that way."

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