The Santa Maria-Bonita School District appreciates the support of many local businesses, organizations and individuals who donate money, time and expertise to assist Santa Maria schools and students.

Tommie Kunst Junior High School would like to thank Brad Johnson of Central Coast Visionary Insurance and the Hutton Parker Foundation. Mr. Johnson was the Principal Of The Day last year, and through his interest in the school, was able to secure a grant of approximately $5,000 to fund the Tommie Kunst MESA Club for this year.  “Without his help, and without the generosity of the Foundation, this after school club encouraging an interest in Math and Science for both boys and girls, would not be possible,” said principal Sharon Shell. “We are very grateful!” The staff at Tommie Kunst also thanks Dr. Herb Kandel, a local acupuncturist, for providing a training session regarding relaxation techniques using guided imagery and physical movement. Tommie Kunst also says thank you to Panda Express for presenting a stress free, easy to do fundraiser. A percentage of sales on a specific night recently raised money for the school.

El Camino Junior High also thanks Panda Express of Santa Maria and Fresh And Easy Neighborhood Market of Orcutt for sponsoring fundraisers. A percentage of Panda Express sales on a recent night benefitted the school and raised over $100. Through December 15, El Camino will receive a percentage of the total of Fresh and Easy sales receipts collected by students and staff or dropped off at the school. Receipts dropped off at the school must be over $20. Another fundraiser will take place at McDonald’s on North Broadway on Thursday, October 6th. McTeacher’s Night will be held between 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and 20% of all sales during that time will go to El Camino for student programs.

Adam Elementary appreciates Hot Dog on a Stick for donating free lemonade coupons for the Students of the Month. The school also thanks Mike Carilla, the manager of McDonald’s on Broadway and Fesler, for donating free Happy Meal coupons for the school’s attendance incentive winners.

Fesler Junior High School raised $255 from a fundraiser with Panda Express. Another fundraiser with Cool Hand Luke’s selling Tri Tip sandwiches at a parent meeting earned the school $231. Thank you to both local restaurants.

Oakley School is preparing for its first-ever Jog-A-Thon fundraiser on October 13th and asked local businesses for prize donations. “The businesses and people have been very generous and our students are excited about what they can win,” said principal Bronwyn Rafferty. WalMart donated $150 and the school purchased a bike, a skateboard, two helmets, and some soccer balls. Bruce Van Vort, owner of Fin’s Seafood Restaurant in Grover Beach, also donated $150 which the school used to purchase two razor scooters, two helmets and basketballs for prizes. Yolanda Rodriguez of Prudential Realty donated $100 to purchase a skateboard, a helmet, hula hoops, soccer balls, basket balls, monster balls and frisbees. Boomers and Jamba Juice donated gift cards to use as prizes. McDonald’s is donating juice for the day of the Jog-A-Thon. Hometown Buffet donated free meal cards for students and will have the Hometown Bee mascot there for the jog-a-thon.

The district would like to thank Panda Express for providing the dinner for the adults and children at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley Back-a-Youth night in September. Many of the district’s students belong to the Boys & Girls Club and participated in Back-a-Youth. Panda Express employees brought some of the restaurant’s favorite hot entrees to the club and served more than 200 people.