|By G. Michael Dobbs|
HOLYOKE Mayor Michael Sullivan showed on Thursday that good deeds do pay off. Sullivan and the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside awarded members of a 4-H club stipends for their work in keeping Pi a Park clean.
Each member of the group received $75 that could be used for back to school clothes and supplies. The management of the mall donated $500 and Sullivan himself donated $1,000.
This is the fifth year Sullivan has made a personal donation to the members of the club for their work and the third for the mall.
Julia Rivera is the supervisor of the 4-H group known as "Count On Me," which has been active for the past 10 years.
Sponsored by Marken Properties, Rivera explained the company also supports youth programs with the Girl Scouts and Girls, Inc.
The programs serve about 80 to 100 youth a month and Rivera said the goal is to help "keep the kids away from the street."
The company maintains a youth center at Suite 1, 151 West St. and Rivera said the program welcomes donation of school supplies, snacks and sports equipment.