In the global context of great issues – climate change, terrorism, clean water, poverty – a couple of high school golf carts don’t move the social Richter needle very far. And when those carts are old and decrepit, then you’ve got a serious problem.
But if you’re a maintenance worker at Sonoma Valley High School, and golf carts are what you use to haul trash, material and sometimes disabled people around a large campus – then they assume a role of disproportionate importance in your life.
Which is how things were at Sonoma Valley High School, at least until Steve Kyle, a member of the Teacher Support Network who has been volunteering to help students there with Senior Project essays, noticed that the school’s two dilapidated golf carts were well past their operational lifespan and were on the verge of total collapse.
Kyle, as reported in Tuesday’s edition of the <em>Index-Tribune</em>, brought the need for new carts to the attention of folks at Sonoma Golf Course who came up with a lightly-used, almost-new cart they happily donated to the high school.
That gift reportedly brought tears to the eyes of at least one school employee, and it was immediately pressed into service, whereupon the remaining old cart virtually disintegrated.