The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is fortunate to have so many wonderful businesses, organizations and individuals who support the schools in many different ways throughout the year.

The district would like to thank the sponsors of the red ribbons worn by students and staff during Red Ribbon Week in October. Red Ribbon Week is a time for students to pledge to remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free and to live a healthy lifestyle. The students and adults at the school wear the ribbons, which have positive messages printed on them, throughout the week. Several of the sponsors paid for ribbons for more than one school. The sponsors were: Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria Valley, Marian Medical Center, Santa Maria Valley Lions Club, Dr. Grant Elwood DDS, Shepard Eye Center, Costco, Teixeira Farms, American Legion Post 56, Altrusa of Central Coast, Dr. Kenneth Kendall at Shepard Eye Center, Altrusa of Santa Maria, Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538, Guadalupe Kiwanis, Altrusa International of Golden Valley and Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary. Thank you to all of the ribbon sponsors for providing students with an important, positive message and for showing them that the community supports their good decisions.

The district thanks the GenSpan Foundation and its founders, Dr. Dennis Shepard and his wife Franziska, for funding and creating a historical documentary about Santa Maria and its origins. The documentary, which is available on 13 DVDs, focuses on the history of the Santa Maria Valley through topics such as agriculture, oil, law enforcement and education. GenSpan and the Shepards donated a set of the DVDs to each SMBSD elementary school library so teachers can use them to teach about the community. The documentary is professionally produced and features many local residents talking about their families’ roles in making Santa Maria the city it is today.

The district appreciates the support of Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary which donated $500 to Shoes for Students, a non-profit organization which provides shoes and clothing to students in need in local school districts.

Battles School says “thank you” to the supporters of its successful Fall Carnival:  Game Movers, Jamba Juice, Happy Trails pony rides, Lulu’s Party Rentals, Cliff Rhea for donating pumpkins and SMPD Officer Al Torres for his cooking his delicious tri tip barbeque.

Sanchez School would like to send out a big thank you to Panda Express for offering the school 20% of its sales on one particular evening in September. “We definitely appreciate businesses that work with schools to help bring in extra funds for our children,” said principal Virginia Bauer. “As a school, we like to help our local businesses by encouraging our families to eat out locally. This is a great partnership and benefits both of us.”

When Lockheed Martin closed its Santa Maria office, the managers there asked local school districts if there were any supplies they could use. SMBSD was fortunate to receive a large amount of technology equipment and office supplies. Included in the donation from Lockheed Martin were five network racks with equipment and enclosures, two computer servers, 20-30 desktop computers, five laptop computers, 11 monitors, one plasma display, several UPS power supply units, three workstation tables, two laser color printers with a supply of toner, nine filing cabinets, chairs and boxes of office supplies such as binders, staplers, tape dispensers, file folders, etc. Overall, the estimated value of the equipment and supplies was close to $200,000! Though the closure of the Santa Maria office is unfortunate, the Lockheed Martin staff were very generous in their donation to SMBSD.

Taylor School appreciates the donations that helped make its recent Fall Festival a success. The school received many items for its fundraising silent auction. Donors included: Lost World Pets, McKenzy’s Spa, Kumon Math and Reading Center of Orcutt, Jamba Juice, Dr. Matthew Lane, Prima’s Pastries Signature Cakes, Hitching Post in Casmalia, Taco Loco in Arroyo Grande, the YMCA, Estee Lauder at Macy’s, Old Town Garden Center, Children’s Choice, All American Screen Printing, It’s Really Yogurt, Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, Santa Maria Athletic Club, Billy Gibbs PGA pro, Vitamin Store, Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street, Cal Skate Roller Derby, Maria Figuero with Princess House, Uniforms ‘n More, Kathy Martinez with Mary Kay, Lisa Marie Grant with Pampered Chef, Marta Ruvalcaba with Avon, Windy City Bakery, Klondike Pizza, Brianna Nicole Day Spa and Salon, Jersey Mike’s, Firestone Grill in San Luis Obispo, CKD Academy of Martial Arts, Computer Doctor, Pi-Whole Pizzeria, Dr. Stacy L. Poole, Dr. Steve Young, and Little Bowtique. Thanks also to Culligan Water who provided water at Taylor’s Jog-a-Thon and the Fall Festival.

The district is extremely grateful for the continued support of the Assistance League of Santa Barbara. In October, the Assistance League sponsored a shopping event at Target for 55 SMBSD students in need. Each student received $100 to buy clothes and shoes. The Assistance League has provided similar shopping trips to nearly 400 SMBSD students over the past five years. “The Assistance League has been quietly helping students in SMBSD for more than five years. We rely on their generosity to support the children with the greatest needs in our schools,” said Mark Muller, SMBSD’s director of pupil/personnel services. “The Target shopping event is one of the most important activities of the year for what it provides to students.” The Assistance League also provides clothes to nearly 1,000 children in Santa Barbara each year. Members of the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County help out at the event by chaperoning the children while they shop.

Ontiveros School says “Thank You” for Panda Express’s support of its PTA. A recent fundraiser at the restaurant earned the school $264. The money will be used for an educational assembly. Ontiveros is also grateful for Coca Cola’s donation of six cases of water for its Family Fall Festival.