The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is grateful for the support that local businesses, individuals and organizations give to students and schools.

The district sends a huge smile and a big thank you to Community Health Centers (CHC) for implementing the Brush, Brush, Brush program for first grade students at Alvin, Bruce, Fairlawn, and Arellanes schools. The students are receiving dental checkups, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and sealants as necessary. Students without dental insurance will also receive dental work on cavities and needed services. Also, thank you to Marian Medical Center for providing the meals for the meetings at which parents learned about the Brush, Brush, Brush program.

Battles School appreciates Chuck E. Cheese Pizza, which held a fund-raising night for the school where more than $500 was raised. The school also appreciates recent monetary donations from PG&E and Target.  Thanks to DelTaco, Carl’s Jr., and Hometown Buffet for donating free food coupons to use as student incentives.

The 200 Sanchez School students with 100 days of perfect attendance would like to send out a big thank you to Boomers for donating passes to honor their special achievement.

Robert Bruce School thanks Del Taco for its unsolicited donation of free kid’s meal gift certificates. The school will use them as Good Student Awards for students who received an 80% or better score on the school’s Comprehension test for both trimesters.

Fesler Junior High says yum and thank you to Julie London from World’s Finest Chocolate who donated eight 1-pound chocolate bars to the school.  The candy was given to the top fund raising students for the Valentine’s Day dance.

Miller School says “bless you” to Bethel Lutheran Church which held a “snowing tissues this winter for students” and donated 150 boxes of tissues to the school.

Rice School wishes to thank two generous, anonymous donors from the community who made sure that students in need at the school were assisted over the holidays. One person donated toys, school supplies and a check for $200. The toys and supplies were divided up and distributed to approximately 50 students during the holiday season. The second person provided $500 to spend on students who needed clothing or school supplies.  The Rice office staff put together gift baskets for 20 families. The families received a Payless Shoe gift card and a Rice Eagles sweatshirt for each child.  Some baskets also contained Target gift cards for a few families with children who needed clothing or bicycle helmets. Principal Rebecca Herrick would also like thank the office staff and some of the school’s instructional aides who took their own time to get the gift cards and sweatshirts out to the families in need or to wrap the presents.

The district is extremely grateful for the continued support of the Santa Maria Eagles Aerie #1745. For the last several years, the Aerie has sponsored a Christmas shopping spree for elementary students. Most recently, 75 children in need from SMBSD schools were each invited to spend $100 at WalMart. The Eagles members raise money throughout the year to fund the shopping excursion. The Eagles also provide volunteers to escort the students around the store and help them with their purchases. The event, called Operation Santa’s Helpers, supports children and families who might not otherwise have happy holidays.

SMBSD thanks the United Way for distributing hundreds of boxes of new books to local agencies, including the school district. The hardback books, which were for adults, were available for free. The books came through a distributor from companies no longer in business. Some schools gave the books to parents and staff members as incentive awards or door prizes. Other schools used the books for lending libraries in their staff rooms. The school district appreciates the United Way’s efforts to promote literacy in our community.

The school district office employees and the SMBSD Food Service Department would like to thank the donors and sponsors who contributed to the Souza Center employee holiday party in December. The lunch was provided by the chefs from Food 4 Kids, ARAMARK donated the linens, SYSCO Foods, Ardella’s Pizza and J&J Snack Foods contributed raffle prizes. First grade students from Miller School provided wonderful entertainment by singing holiday songs. Thank you to everyone who made the luncheon special.

Adam School and the K Kids community service club thank Student Transportation of America for providing a bus for the club’s annual “Stuff The Bus” food and clothing collection drive. STA donated the use of the bus so that students had a place to organize and store dozens of boxes of donated food and clothing. STA also donated the bus driver’s time to deliver the donations to local charities.

Fesler Junior High has a number of generous staff members, parents and students who made the holidays brighter for families in need at the school. Teachers Leanne Jimenez and Laura Valencia, the Todd Family, Margarita from Central Coast Flowers, Mary Jack, Sylvia Torres, Sergio Zepeda from Farmers Insurance Group, Hendrick Gonzalez and Ruth Garzon from Santa Barbara Family Dentistry, Sue Mesa from Mercado Y Carniceria and students in the school’s Fresh Start Inc. Youth Club helped provide and deliver a large amount of new clothing and other items to several Fesler students and their families. Thank you to everyone involved who made the extra effort to lend a hand when they heard about an unmet need.