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.

Alvin Elementary School is in awe with gratitude for an amazing donation of time, money and labor from C&D Zodiac Aerospace, a local business, which helped make the campus brighter and more inviting. On April 28, more than 75 employees from C&D Zodiac created and painted four large outdoor murals, three indoor timelines and several playground upgrades. The work was done through a Give & Grow grant which was provided by C&D Zodiac’s nonprofit division. The supplies, equipment and labor totaled almost $20,000 in support to the school.

C&D Zodiac chose to give the grant to Alvin School because the school was not updated in SMBSD’s recent remodel of several campuses and because some employees’ children attend the school. Motivated by the belief that improvements to a school’s physical condition will encourage students to excel, C&D Zodiac selects a southern California school each year for its grant project. Alvin is the first school on the Central Coast to benefit. The local Santa Maria C&D division hopes to continue similar projects at local schools each year.

“Our students and staff are delighted with our new murals, timelines, and PE equipment,” said Ann Wicklund, Alvin principal. “We cannot thank C&D Zodiac Aerospace enough for their generous donation of time and materials to the children of Alvin School. The expressions of wonder on our students’ faces say it all.”

The outdoor murals depict various educational and professional career themes, which go hand-in-hand with Alvin’s focus on college preparation and attendance for all students. The painted timeline in the computer lab shows the progression of technology through the ages, from an abacus to a pocket calculator to an iPhone. The timeline in the library is a US history lesson including influential presidents and major events in our country’s past. A banner inside the cafeteria features the names and mascots of some California colleges. The C&D Zodiac volunteers painted a large tiger mascot and welcome message on the front of the cafeteria wall. The playground also got some color, with new paint on the handball courts, tetherball circles and assembly area. The company grant also provided new PE equipment, including balls and soccer goals, for the Alvin students.

Huntington Beach based C&D Zodiac, which has a branch located in Santa Maria, designs and manufactures airplane interiors. Its Give & Grow nonprofit program was established in 2007. Other Give & Grow community service projects in SoCal have included student tutoring and mentoring and providing after school programs. Alvin School is very grateful for the support from C&D Zodiac.

Ontiveros School would like to thank Chuck E. Cheese for sponsoring Condor Family Night in April. The event raised more than $575 and the money will be used for   student recognition awards. The school also thanks its PTA for sponsoring the student jog-a-thon which raised more than $5,700 for field trips and assemblies. Ontiveros is thankful for the support of the City of Santa Maria which parked its Recycling Trailer at the school for a several days. Bottles and cans were dropped off and nearly $370 was collected to be used for campus beautification projects and the school garden. Ontiveros also thanks the Santa Maria Police Department Gang Suppression Unit. Officer Michael Parker presented information about gang prevention to staff and Officer Mark Streker gave a similar presentation to parents.

Adam School applauds PCPA Theaterfest, which donated 50 tickets to a matinee production of Pride and Prejudice. The school used the tickets to reward Student Council members, Battle of the Books team members and K-Kids members. The school held its  annual Family Garden Day on April 16.  Many families and students came to help weed the school garden, replant flower pots and spruce up the landscaping around the school.  Teacher Maureen Staunton organized Kiwanis Club members to barbeque hot dogs for the participants. Thank you volunteers and Kiwanis of Santa Maria Valley for helping make the day a success!