“How quickly do the students need the books? And how can we make the most impact?” Pollack says.
Pollack, known for helping local schools and hundreds of charities around Arizona, met Holmes Principal Heidi Williams and learned of the need for books, when she attended a show at his Pollack Tempe Cinemas a few months back.
“She told me how proud she is of her school and the work her students have accomplished, but the one area where she needed help was the books,” Pollack said. “So I visited the school and when I saw how empty the shelves were in the library, I said we have to do something.”
Pollack agreed to donate $3,000, enough money to buy over 1,000 books from Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Mesa just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 6. That’s when the store offered a 20 percent discount and Williams was able to pick out the gently used books for her school’s library.
Pollack will deliver the books to the front of Holmes on the first day of school, 11:00 a.m. Aug. 6.
The Mesa entrepreneur and his team will form a human chain alongside students, teachers and staff to deliver the books from Pollack’s vehicles into the school’s library.
“Holmes Elementary celebrated its 50th-year anniversary last year. Given the age of the school and the instructional shifts of today’s academic standards, we are trying to get new, updated books to fill our library to increase literature choices for children,” said Heidi Williams, Principal of Holmes Elementary. “Exposing children to a variety of literature allows them to pick and choose, deciding what kinds of books they want to read. Having lots of options available means they will be more likely to want to read. We thank Mr. Michael Pollack for his wonderful donation of books to our school. We appreciate his thoughtfulness, generosity and support towards Holmes Elementary students.”
Since Holmes Elementary is just one of hundreds of schools struggling across the state with the recent budget cutbacks, Pollack hopes his donation will encourage other