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.

The district’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program would like to thank the Society of Petroleum Engineers for its generous donation of $5,000 which made it possible for more than 130 students to participate in the first ever Math Superbowl. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders competed individually and on teams to flex their mathematics muscles at the district-wide event in May. The donation from the SPE paid for the buses to bring the students to the competition, for substitutes while teachers supervised and coached the students, and for prizes for all of the participants. The Society of Petroleum Engineers also provided four volunteers to assist at the Math Superbowl, and they were invaluable help and support. The $5,000 donation not only funded the Math Superbowl event, it also supported nine teachers to attend a Gifted and Talented Education training workshop in Santa Barbara last August. The training institute certified those nine teachers to teach GATE in the district.

As the end of another school year draws near, Sanchez School students and staff would like to send out one additional thank you to all of the local businesses that have supported the students’ efforts this year with coupons for their establishments – Applebee’s, Boomers, HomeTown Buffet, In-N-Out Burger, and TnT’s Frozen Yogurt. Students earned these special treats through academic achievement and perfect attendance each trimester. “Thank you all for showing our students that hard work does pay off,” said principal Virginia Bauer.

Battles School appreciates the support of a number of local businesses and organizations. The school community thanks them all.

Toyota of Santa Maria and Wallace Group of San Luis Obispo donated $100 each toward Math Superbowl expenses. Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream donated ice cream for the spring carnival. HomeTown Buffet donated a large quantity of ice for the spring carnival. Jamba Juice donated a portion of proceeds from two after school sales at Battles. Jack In the Box (McCoy and  Broadway location) donated 10% of its sales from 4:00 pm to midnight on Thursdays for several weeks. St. Joseph High School donated a large quantity of recycled paper from its bingo games for office use.

Fesler Junior High would like to thank the sponsors of the graduation dance. HomeTown Buffet donated cookies, Mission Linens donated table linens, and Fighting Back Santa Maria donated the use of a cotton candy machine. The school also thanks the many supporters of the fall and spring student basketball teams: Stacy Poole, DMD; Manuel Diaz, Absolute Mobile Detail; Mike Arriola, Steppin’ Out; Hugo Lopez, Mission Studios; Ralph’s Plumbing; Chuck Halsell, Halsell Builders; Margie Halsell, Senior Living Resources; Scott Duncan, EHS Construction; Roger Berens, Castle Plumbing; SP&S; Ryan Fruge, APEX Industries; Manny Maratas, Cal Coast Painting, Inc.; Joseph C. Gallas, Attorney at Law; Al and Connie Dulay, Pacific Coast Cabinets; Thuy Nguyen, DDS; James and Larry, Out West BBQ; Adam Hattenburg, Storage, Etc.; Santa Maria Sewing Machine Repair, Eddie Wilfred Pacaon, American Friendly Janitorial Service; Victor Kernes, Pure Safe; Ike M. Iqbal, CPA Accounting and Tax Service; Eli Esparza, E&J Automotive; Fernando Delgadillo, JF Financial; Donna Randolf, State Farm Insurance; Gregorio Ibarra, Produce Express; Ellen Woolley, Greco Realty, Inc.; William Amarillas, Santa Maria Welding; Primus Labs; David Haeberle Photography; Tony Plascencia, Century 21; Mike Barragon, Valley Packing and Supply; Rogelio Paniagua, Ruby Farm Inc.; Pete Miranda, Jr., Miranda’s Landscaping; Judy Lundbert, Babe Farms; and Kristi Miller, Miller’s Hardwood.

Maggie White

Public Information Officer

Santa Maria-Bonita School District

(805) 361-8113