The students and staff members of the Santa Maria-Bonita School
District appreciate the support of the many businesses, organizations
and people who help make our 19 schools the best they can be.

In September, Shoes for Students held its annual fund-raising golf
tournament and dinner to raise money to purchase shoes and clothes for
students in need in Santa Maria and Orcutt. It takes a lot of support to
have a successful golf tournament, from corporate sponsors to donations
of time to contributions of raffle items. The Santa Maria-Bonita School
District would like to thank the following sponsors who contributed in
many ways to make the tournament a wonderful day and a great fund
raiser: Coast Hills Federal Credit Union, Conoco Phillips, Kate
Ferguson, Union Bank of California, Fidelity National Title Company,
Santa Barbara Foundation SM Affiliate, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, One
Way Board Shop, Wells Fargo Home Loans, First American Title Company, M
L Gates, Goetz Manderly – A Division of Trust Management, Check It Home
Inspection, PMSM Architects, Cornerstone Realty, Bank of America Home
Loans, Prudential CA Real Estate, Santa Maria Association of Realtors,
Toyota of Santa Maria, Bryan and the crew at Cypress Ridge Golf Course,
Aubrey and her crew at the Cypress Ridge Pavilion, Mike and his crew for
the great lunches and dinner, Spic and Span Cleaning Service, Honda of
Santa Maria, Community Bank of Santa Maria, Coldwell Banker Premier,
Bill and Maggie White, Jan and Byron Yanagisako, Coca-Cola, The Santa
Maria Sun, El Dorado Broadcasting, Steve Siri, Spencer’s Market, Anthony
Para from Wells Fargo Home Loans, Muir Music, Gina’s Piece of Cake,
Jovi’s Delights, Patricia Wonnell (WAM Western Designs), Keith Zimmerman
(The Past Remembered), Lisa Castellanos (Simply Chic Accessories),
Angela Burns (Scentsy), Dawnett Cress (Tastefully Simple), Susie Bushong
(Cookie Lee), Rebecca Barks (The Pampered Chef), Gillian Jones (Avon),
and Cheryl Eastman (Tupperwear).

Adam School 6th grade teacher Joy Snyder and her students recently
received a $250 grant from KSBY and SLO Dental as part of the “One
Class At A Time” program. The grant money will be used for the Adam
School garden. Thank you very much to KSBY for sponsoring this program
and to SLO Dental for funding the grant.

The school district would like to thank the Assistance League of Santa
Barbara, with help from the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County,
for sponsoring Operation School Bell – a shopping opportunity for 50
district students in need. The 50 kindergarten through 6th grade
students were each given a $100 voucher to spend on school clothes at
Target in Santa Maria. The Assistance League of Santa Barbara funded the
program and members of the Assistance League of SLO County supplied
additional volunteers to help the students shop. This is the seventh
shopping spree that the Assistance League of Santa Barbara has provided
to Santa Maria children over the past four years. The League also
provides clothes to nearly 1,000 children in Santa Barbara each year.
The funds for Operation School Bell and other philanthropic programs
come from proceeds from the League’s thrift store in Santa Barbara and
from grants. The San Luis Obispo County Assistance League also helps
about 1,000 students each year.

During October, students and staff members at SMBSD schools and offices
celebrated Red Ribbon Week by committing to remain drug free. Students
and adults wore red ribbons throughout the week as a sign of their
promise. The district would like to thank the businesses and
organizations that paid for the thousands of ribbons: Marian Medical
Center, Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538, Costco, Teixeira Farms, American
Legion Post 56, the Altrusa Club of the Central Coast, Shepard Eye
Center, the Altrusa Club of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Breakfast
Rotary.

The district sends a big thank you to GenSpan, Dr. Dennis Shepard and
GenSpan director Brenda Frazier for signing up and training so many
volunteers for the schools. “The training is invaluable,” said
Joanne Cameron, SMBSD assistant superintendent for Human Resources.
GenSpan also pays for the required tuberculosis testing and finger
printing for these volunteers at a huge savings to the schools.

Rice School would like to thank Senator Sam Blakeslee, 15th District,
for generously giving his time to tour the school and talk with students
and staff members. The Senator spent time in several classrooms and
spoke to students about his work in the state Senate and his background
as a scientist. His support of education is appreciated.

Ontiveros School is grateful to the following businesses and
organizations for helping make the school’s 20th Anniversary
celebration barbeque and carnival a success: Lo Mejor de Jalisco,
Coca-Cola, Straw Hat Pizza, Costco, the Santa Maria Valley Boys and
Girls Club, and Santa Maria Parks and Recreation. Additionally, several
local businesses donated books to be handed out as prizes at the
carnival. Nearly 550 books were given to students thanks to these
businesses: The Bookworm, 2 Sisters Book Barn & Gift Boutique, Toy Zoo
(Anything Educational Too!) all in Santa Maria, Barnes & Noble and
Borders in San Luis Obispo and A to Z Books and B Wise School Supply in
Arroyo Grande. Ontiveros also thanks the North Broadway Del Taco and
Straw Hat Pizza for donating gift certificates that are used to reward
honor roll students at the end of the  trimester.

Fairlawn School thanks the City of Santa Maria for supporting the
curriculum in 3rd and 4th grade by providing lessons on worms,
composting and recycling.  The city has also provided bussing for field
trips to the Santa Maria Regional Landfill. Additionally, the school
thanks Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley which is offering Parent
Project, a nine week parenting class, on the Fairlawn campus and invited
Fairlawn parents to participate.

Tommie Kunst Junior High would like to thank Shoes for Students for the
donations of gift cards to Payless Shoes and Target for the two children
of a family who lost their house in a recent fire. The Assistance League
also invited the two students to the Target shopping spree and the
students were able to each buy $100 dollars of additional clothes and
necessities. Thank you to these local organizations for helping out in a
time of need.

Tunnell School would like to thank the many families that participated
in the school’s November Fall Garden Beautification Project. The
school also thanks Plantel Nursery for the donation of vegetable plant
plugs to classes for the garden.  “Our students look forward to
learning about the growing cycle of the vegetables and eating the tasty
treats in the spring,” said Principal Niccole Wiseman. Tunnell would
also like to thank its wonderful Parent Teacher Club members for the
Fall Carnival they organized for the school community in October.  A big
thank you to the businesses that donated items and time to help make the
first carnival in many years such a huge success!  A huge thank you to:
The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley, Big Daddy’s Oak Pit BBQ,
The Swiss, Jovi’s Delights, Darenberries, Bill’s Take Out, Pioneer
Valley High School Key Club, Party Place and Central City Bounce House.
The students and families had a fantastic day because of their support!

Maggie White
Public Information Officer
Santa Maria-Bonita School District
(805) 361-8113
mwhite@smbsd.net