The Santa Maria-Bonita School District appreciates the support of local businesses, organizations and individuals that make it a priority to support schools and students.

The Arellanes Junior High Guitar Club would like to thank several people who donated guitars and supplies so the 20 students in the club can have instruments to practice on. Chris Chilton of Arroyo Grande donated two electric guitars, an electric bass and a 12-string guitar. Dennis Wright of Grover Beach donated an acoustic guitar. Louie Gallardo of Nipomo donated two acoustic guitars. Ann Hiles of Santa Maria and Becky Crowe of Nipomo each donated an acoustic guitar. Bob Mich of San Luis Obispo donated an acoustic guitar and a tuner. David Senior of Orcutt donated an acoustic guitar and a bag of picks. Kim Kanter of Cambria donated an acoustic guitar, an amplifier and two guitar cases. Jensen Guitar and Music Company in Orcutt donated six sets of guitar strings. Thank you to everyone who donated for helping Arellanes Junior High students make beautiful music.

The district sends a huge thank you to The Rotary Club of Santa Maria (Noontime) for its amazing work to provide a dictionary to every third grade student to keep as their own. More than 1,600 dictionaries were recently donated to students at 15 elementary schools. Each year, The Noontime Rotary organizes “The Dictionary Project.”  The goal of the project is to provide each third grader in the district with their own personal dictionary.  Since the dictionary belongs to the child, they can use it throughout his/her school career. A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful reference tool a child should own. The Rotarians note that a dictionary’s usefulness goes beyond spelling, pronunciations and definitions. It is a companion to solving problems that arise as a child develops his/her reading, writing and creative thinking abilities. Students benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness when they look up words in their dictionaries. Teachers benefit by knowing that their students have consistent access to a tool for homework and in class explorations. The district thanks The Noontime Rotary Club for its continued support of students and their education.

Fesler Junior High School thanks Me-n-Ed’s Pizza and manager Scott Van Pelt. The Santa Maria restaurant recently donated 20% of the proceeds from a night’s sale to the school.

Adam School students and staff have been helped by several groups in the community and would like to thank them.  The Kiwanis of Santa Maria Valley have sponsored Adam’s K Kids service club for eight years.  The Kiwanians volunteer at the school’s Garden Day, sponsor the ‘Stuff the School Bus’ charity donation drive, donate during school fundraisers, and attend K Kids meetings.  The K Kids officers visit the Kiwanis meeting at the end of the year to present their end-of-the-year report. Another group that has helped Adam School this year is the Santa Barbara Animal Care Foundation at the Santa Maria Animal Shelter. They sponsored a group of 35 5th and 6th grade students to complete an ‘Animal Ambassador’ program. This program consisted of four Saturday classes working with 12 teen counselors and 4 adult leaders, listening to guest speakers, making items for use at the shelter, visiting a vet hospital, touring the shelter and learning how to help in the community. Lastly, the Central Coast Literacy Council members have volunteered at several events at Adam School. Thank you to all of the community organizations that support Adam.

Ontiveros School would like to thank a number of book stores which donated books for a give-away at the school’s Fall Family Festival in October. The stores were: Toy Zoo/Anything Educational, The Bookworm, A to Z Books in Arroyo Grande, Barnes and Noble in San Luis Obispo, B-Wise School Supply in Arroyo Grande, 2 Sisters Book Barn, One Dollar Bookstore, The Bookstore in Lompoc, and Central Coast Teen Search. Thank you all for supporting literacy.

Sanchez School would like to send out a big thank you to Applebee’s for its continued support of student achievement with its generous donation of food coupons for  students who receive academic recognition at the end of each trimester.

Rice School is grateful for Mr. Dick Melsheimer, a businessman in the community, for donating money to the school’s 4th grade.  Mr. Melsheimer donated money toward the 4th grade Monterey Bay Aquarium field trip and to Michael Muscio’s class for outdoor school projects including planting trees at SM Las Flores Ranch and raising fish and vegetables in an Aquaponics Tank, which comprises a complete ecosystem. Mr. Melsheimer’s donation is greatly appreciated. Rice School would also like to thank Mr. Dave Donovan for donating money toward the same 4th grade projects.

The SMBSD Gifted and Talented Education program would love to thank the Society of Petroleum Engineers Education Collaborative for donating $2,675 so the Elementary and Junior High Math Superbowls can take place. The GATE program is looking forward to some great events for students.