By Grace Harrison
Special to the Sun
Sitting serenely on a luscious mountain overlooking Kernville is the Masonic Lodge. The spring evening has a slight breeze, but the air is still warm. Inside the lodge, families sit and enjoy a great home cooked meal while being served by hardworking, teenage athletes. What is this event you may ask yourself? On May 7, 2018, the Kern Valley High School Volleyball Club hosted a spaghetti dinner in collaboration with the local Eastern Star chapter. The dinner, which lasted from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., took place at the beautiful Masonic Lodge in Kernville, Calif.
Along with spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks, a variety of cakes were cooked and prepared by the Eastern Star ladies and then served by a KVHS volleyball players. This isn’t the first time the Eastern Star has worked with KVHS in order to raise funds. On St. Patrick’s Day, the Eastern Star and the KVHS Class of 2019 hosted a pancake breakfast, serving a variety of valley residents. A little over a thousand dollars was raised in an effort to help the Junior Class prepare for their graduation, which is soon approaching. A similar outcome was expected and reached. According to Sabine Mixon, KVHS Varsity Volleyball coach, $1,000 was raised. All proceeds will go to the upcoming volleyball trip to Mammoth Lakes. More specifically, proceeds will go towards the hotel rooms the volleyball girls will be staying in during their September trip.
Both Mixon and the Eastern Star look forward to working with each other in future fundraising events. “The Eastern Star is very excited to help the school with its activities, as well as the community,” said Mixon. The volleyball coach stressed the Eastern Star’s value of a work ethic and giving money to those who work for it rather than just handing it out.
Volleyball players of all ages helped serve customers at the dinner. “I really loved working with them. They were all so sweet,” said sophomore Anne Keverline. Her favorite part of the night was the tour of the Masonic meeting room given to the girls by Eastern Star members. “I am extremely grateful for their generosity,” she concluded.
Junior Destiny Chaparro loved working with the ladies of the Eastern Star, stating: “The ladies were more than words can explain. They were the sweetest and most helpful ladies I’ve met.” Like Keverline, her favorite part of the event was working alongside the ladies as well as going on an in-depth tour of the Masonic Lodge.
Chaparro is extremely grateful for the funds being donated to the volleyball club. “The funds being donated to the volleyball program means to me that the community supports us and they value the work we put in on and off the court. I’d like the Eastern Star to known that the KVHS volleyball program is extremely grateful for the opportunity to meet a group of amazing people that are so generous and kind,” she said.
Currently, future Kern Valley High School fundraising events are in the planning stage but information about such events will be made public when possible.