The schools of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District would like to thank the many businesses, organizations and people who help out throughout the year and support the students by donating time, money and goods.

Liberty School is grateful to be WalMart’s School of the Year and gives a big “thank you” to the store for donating ten $100 gift cards to teachers in the Fall and for recently donating a $150 gift card to the school. The gift cards are used to buy classroom supplies.

WalMart also recently donated 13 backpacks for students in need and plans to donate a flat screen TV to be used as a student incentive prize at the end of the school year. Students who are “Math Masters” will be able to enter a drawing to win the TV. The school created the Math Masters campaign to encourage students to learn different levels of math facts. WalMart is supporting Liberty School in this effort.

The Special Education Department would like to thank Mr. Tony Martinelli of MedWorld who made a contribution to the Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser in the amount of $250. The donation, which Mr. Martinelli made in the name of Christopher McCollum, will be used for the Special Education students’ community learning field trips.

Arellanes Junior High sends a giant “thank you” to Goleta Valley Beautiful for  donating and planting 80 trees on its campus.

Goleta Valley Beautiful provided a grant for the trees and organized the training and planting to beautify the school grounds. Special thanks go to Goleta Valley Beautiful staff member George Jimenez and Executive Director Ken Knight for assisting with the grant and working closely with the school to plan the planting event. Arellanes Junior High also thanks the local businesses which donated prizes for a school fund

raiser: IN SHAPE Health Club, Westside Car Wash, Rancho Maria Golf Club,  Klondike Pizza, Rancho Bowl and Boomers.

Battles School wishes to thank Hometown Buffet for sponsoring a fundraising breakfast for students to attend Science Camp. PTC member Joanne Guisinger organized the event. Thanks also go to Village Properties for its classroom grant to Jennifer Eppright’s 1st grade class. And Battles thanks GenSpan for sponsoring a field trip for Sarah Kirkwood’s 5th grade class to visit the Reagan Library.

Tunnell School thanks Applebee’s for sponsoring the 6th grade Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to help students raise money to go to science camp. The breakfast raised more than $1,100.

Fesler Junior High appreciates and thanks Don Lahr and Lahr Industrial Welding for donating the labor to fabricate two aluminum soccer goals for the Fesler Soccer Team. The goals are used on the play field during practices and games. Fesler principal Barbara Walker speaks for the students, staff and parents when she says, “The donation from Lahr Industrial Welding helped us reach a goal of having equipment that is functional and of the highest quality. For years to come, Fesler soccer teams will utilize and appreciate the soccer goals that were generously provided. The students are so proud to have regulation goals that are the envy of other schools!”

El Camino Junior High math teacher Jeremy Hawk and his class recently received a $250 grant from KSBY and SLO Dental as part of the “One Class At A Time” program. A TV crew visited the classroom to present the check, which was used to buy scientific calculators for the students. Thank you to KSBY and SLO Dental.