Rotary Club gives back to the community

President of the Rotary Club Paul Cromwell presents a check to Kern Valley High School Principal John Meyers.

By Julie Giyer

Rotary Club members Deanne Shulman (service coordinator), Erie Johnson and Paul Cromwell (president) met with Kern Valley High School Principal John Meyers to present a check for $1,100, raised by the Rotary Club to help low-income students afford basic needs for the school year.

The $1,100 is split between a $500 gift card from Target and a $600 gift card for Golden State Surplus. Joe Cirelli, owner of Golden State Surplus, keeps a fund for low-income students in his store. This is a much-needed relief for many students given the situation they are in right now.

Cromwell first read a letter to Meyers explaining what the check was for. A staff member is to accompany the student, selected by the high school, to both stores to make sure the funds are used toward school or basic needs supplies.

“Mr. Meyers and Pam Stiller have gone above and beyond for these children,” Shulman and Cromwell said to the Kern Valley Sun. “They have been excellent to work with. The Rotary Club donated every penny from their own pockets. They have been working with the High School for many years and enjoy helping make sure the school and its students succeed by overseeing clubs, programs and events. Many successful students graduated from Kern Valley High that have participated in the Rotary Club and learning about leadership skills, humanitarian services and advancing goodwill.

Next, the Rotary Club is working to add outdoor fitness equipment to Riverside Park in Kernville. This has been an ongoing work-in-progress with the club and is expected to be put into play at the end of September. They will continue their efforts in helping the school and community even through the pandemic. More information will be given on the progress as soon as it is provided to the Kern Valley Sun.

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