The Santa Maria-Bonita School District appreciates the support of local businesses, organizations and people who go out of their way to donate time, services, goods and money to students and programs in the district. The students and staff thank them for their generosity.

Arellanes Junior High would like to thank those that donated and supported the school’s recent BBQ to raise money for 8th grade graduation activities. The Berry Man Inc. donated all the salad for the BBQ.  FoodCo donated several cases of water, soda, and Gatorade. The Grocery Outlet donated several cases of water, soda, and chips. FoodMaxx also donated several cases of water and soda. Martha Chavez, the school’s PTSC president, coordinated the entire event.

Sanchez School sends out a big thank you to State Farm Insurance agent Donna Randolph. Ms. Randolph was Principal for a Day at Sanchez and after visiting the school, she returned with soccer balls for the soccer team and activity books for first grade students. Both items were greatly appreciated by students and staff! And as always, Sanchez students send out a huge thank you to all the businesses who have supported student achievement this year with coupons and certificates: Boomers, Applebee’s, In-N-Out Burger, HomeTown Buffet, and Del Taco.

Miller School is very grateful for the support of the Guggia Family. Miller is using a program called the ABCs of Etiquette to teach children about manners and appropriate behavior. The first lesson covered restaurant ordering and dining. The Guggia’s invited 6th grade students to the Pantry Restaurant, which they own, to enjoy lunch from a special menu and practice their dining-out skills. The Miller School PTC and the Guggia Family sponsored the cost of the meals.

Students at Ontiveros School say “thank you” to Comcast Communications. Comcast awarded teacher Melissa Espiritu’s 5th grade class $20 Barnes & Noble gift cards for each student, a $500 gift certificate to Ms. Espiritu to be used for educational materials, and $1,000 to the school. This was in recognition of the class winning the 2012 Comcast Communications Fifth Grade Reading Challenge for the Northern Santa Barbara County Comcast coverage area. The money awarded to the school will be used to buy a Kindle for the Condor Kindle Club and books for the library. In February, Ms. Espiritu’s students read a total of 95,551 minutes for an average of 3,539 minutes per student. Ontiveros also thanks HomeTown Buffet which donated oranges for the jog-a-thon in April. Chuck E. Cheese gave $339, the proceeds from a special family pizza night, to the Ontiveros PTA to fund assemblies, field trips, and some technology. Thank you Chuck E. Cheese. Lastly, Ontiveros wishes to thank a super volunteer. Miriam Ramirez, parent of 3rd grader Bryan Ramirez, was presented with the California Teachers Association Gold Award on behalf of the Channel Islands Service Center Council as an expression of appreciation and gratitude for all of her volunteer efforts at the school. Her son’s teacher, Jeanet Herrera, nominated her.

Battles School appreciates the support of the United Way which partnered with the school to provide an after-school Power Reading trial program for 4th grade students. Battles also thanks Jamba Juice for donating $145 to the school from smoothies that were sold after school.

Rice School would like to thank Granite Construction, Lopez Vincent Jr. & Sons General Engineering, Beas Trucking, Mission Paving, Pacific Petroleum, Sahara Construction Inc. and the Santa Maria Police Department for helping with the daunting task of removing the playground sand at the school and replacing it with fiber bark ground cover. Many of the businesses provided equipment to remove the sand and haul it away and also volunteers to help with the labor. The school’s PTA raised the money for the project and could not have done it cost effectively without the support of those businesses.