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."
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
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