Sonoma Valley High School gets new golf cart

Once plagued with two golf carts that chugged along ever so slowly, Sonoma Valley High School now has an almost-new, donated cart zipping about, with a second replacement a twinkling possibility, awaiting another wave of community support.

Used mainly by the maintenance crew for hauling, one of the sorry old carts was pressed into passenger service when Principal Kathleen Hawing recently chauffeured a guest across campus. At that moment it was suddenly apparent new wheels were on the high school wish list.

Teacher Support Network volunteer Steve Kyle spends several days a week on campus and had witnessed what he called “the semi-comatose” carts in slow motion. So he sent out an email to his extensive contact list in search of a donation.

“I was hoping someone had one they weren’t using,” he said. Kyle is also a member of Sonoma Golf Cub and asked Jason Goss, the course maintenance manager, if he had a cart to spare. The carts used by golfers are all leased, but it so happened Goss had a barely-used one in the maintenance facility that the club owned. “I’ll see what I can do,” Goss told Kyle.

The next day, golf pro John McMullen gave Kyle the good news that Sonoma Golf Club would donate the cart to SVHS. “Anytime we can help out the community, especially the schools, we’re game for that,” McMullen said. “We’ll survive without it,” he said about the cart, which is in great condition. “They needed it more than we do.”

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