The Santa Maria-Bonita School District thanks the many businesses, organizations and individuals who support schools and students on a regular basis. They make it easier to provide children with the best education possible.

Sanchez School students send a huge thank you to Costco for its very generous assistance. Sanchez received 450 free backpacks from Costco. “All our families were thrilled when they were given a free backpack as they returned their back-to-school paperwork in early August,” said principal Virginia Bauer. “The backpacks will help the children be organized and motivated throughout the year.”

Fesler Junior High appreciates the support of Domino’s Pizza which helped the school raise nearly $400 in an hour. In the hour before the recent Back to School Night, Domino’s Pizza brought more than 75 pizzas to the school. Families paid $5 per person to eat pizza and raise money for the PTC.

Bethel Lutheran Church sponsored “Christmas in July” to provide school supplies for Miller students. The congregation members delivered the paper, pencils, binders and other supplies while wearing Santa hats. The items were distributed to teachers for student use in the classroom. The church also purchased Miller School pencils for every child. Thank you very much Bethel Lutheran members.

All of the schools in the district would like to thank the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County and the businesses and community members who made the recent Stuff the Bus campaign so successful! The United Way asked community members to donate school supplies over seven days. Thousands of dollars of supplies were collected for students in Santa Maria-Bonita schools. Each of the 19 schools received two or three large boxes of paper, pencils, pens, crayons, folders and other items to distribute to students in need throughout the year. Special thanks go to major sponsors Walmart, which was the donation location, and Student Transportation of America, which provided the bus the supplies were stored on. Other vital sponsors were KSBY, La Ley, Telemundo, El Dorado Broadcasting, KUHL AM 1440, Univision and Toyota of Santa Maria. Stuff the Bus is an amazing community effort to help children receive the tools they need to make the most of their education.