Service and a smile

Makayla Hutchinson serves meals.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — Eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee were on the menu when the Twentynine Palms High School cheer squad served breakfast Saturday morning, June 17, at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center.

Cheerleaders served some 180 meals and earned $900, including donations, Coach Keeter Kallam said Tuesday morning.

The fund raiser raised money to offset costs for a four-day cheer camp cheerleaders will attend in August.

The camp will cost $400 per child plus the cost of camp clothing.

A fundraising car wash will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Castenada’s Mexican Restaurant on Adobe Road north of Twentynine Palms Library.

“We are working hard, trying to get some costs offset for these kids,” Kallam said.

She noted that, in addition to supporting sports teams at the school, the cheer squad took part in a competition of its own and came home with a first place finish.

She noted that members are already practicing for the new school year.

“We’ve got a whole new JV team this year. We are looking forward to a good season this year,” she said.

Cheerleading camp will be held at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks.

For some of her team members, she said, this will be their first time staying in dorms on a college campus.

“It really bonds them as a team,” she said of the experience.

While there, they will learn routines, sideline cheers and stunt work.

“It’s kids from all over the place,” she said, noting that, at the end of camp, teams vote for their favorite cheer squad.

“We won that last year,” she said.

To support the fundraising drive, contact Kallam at

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