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My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history
My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A group trying to save a piece of Ottawa County history is now collecting donations.

The South Evergreen Schoolhouse is a small one room school that sits at the corner of 88th Avenue and Leonard Road.  Preservationists say it’s one of few one room schools still standing in its original condition.

The building and property are now on sale. A small group of community members are collecting donations in hopes of purchasing the schoolhouse to preserve this piece of history. The fundraising page reads:

We are trying to save memories, as well as the building.  One room schoolhouses are disappearing and it is important for the communities to save a piece of this history while we can.  We want to interview students of South Evergreen School and help save those memories.  We want to be able to save those experiences to share with future generation who have not had the one room schoolhouse experience.  We are the ones who can help save those one room schoolhouse memories.  Hopefully, with your help we can someday step inside South Evergreen Schoolhouse and step back in time.  See what it was like, show our grandchildren what it looked like.  Let them show their children what it was like, without traveling miles from home.  Right here, at 88th Ave and Leonard Road, in Polkton Township in Ottawa County.

The group says it needs $20,000 to purchase the schoolhouse and another $5,000 to replace its roof before additional restoration can begin.  Donations are tax deductibvle and can be made by sending a check to:

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

One South Harbor Dr.

Grand Haven, MI 49417

Preservationists are also collecting memories, pictures, stories and other historic items connected to the schoolhouse.  For more information, contact Jim Key at (616) 915-7981 or at jameskey1949@gmail.com .