The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is always grateful for the support its schools and students receive on a regular basis. Thank you to our community!

Ontiveros kindergarten and 1st grade students in Frances Barboza’s class are happy to thank Ball Tagawa Growers in Arroyo Grande for donating seedlings and soil so the students could grow their own mini gardens. Each student received four different plants as part of their lessons on plants.  Ms. Barboza noted that the students took pride in planting the seedlings themselves and were happy to take them home when the lessons were over. Ontiveros Principal Margaret Ontiveros also sends this thank you to Walmart on behalf of the school. “We, like all other schools, are feeling the budget crunch. We were dreadfully low on paper and had scaled back making photocopies. One of our wonderful volunteers from the Foster Grandparent Program, Cherie Ahlquist, went soliciting on our behalf. Walmart manager Mike Crowder donated 25 reams of paper on the spot. We are very grateful to Walmart and to Ms. Cherie.”

Math teachers in SMBSD are grateful for the community support that helped make the recent K-6 and Junior High Math Superbowl student competitions possible. Donations and support came from the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Santa Maria Chapter; Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers; the Orcutt branch of Rabobank; Staples; In N Out Burger; Heritage Oaks Bank; Town Center West; Doc Bernstein’s Ice Cream; Chumash Casino; Walmart; Central Coast Education Collaborative; and the Santa Barbara County Education Office Teachers Network Impact II grant.

Two Special Education teachers wish to thank Altrusa International of Santa Maria for making donations to support their students. Laura Litvinchuk’s class at Rice Elementary received a $500 grant to purchase an iPad to help autistic students with their communication skills. The Crocheting Club at Tommie Kunst Junior High, and its advisor teacher Cindy Cornejo, received a $500 grant for yarn and other supplies. Regular education students, students with disabilities and school staff members work together to crochet blankets that are donated to children at local hospitals.

The school district would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who sponsored the district’s annual golf tournament which raises money for the DARE anti-drug education program. The major sponsor was Flir Thermal Vision. Additional sponsors were Brakebush Chicken, Worker’s Compensation Administrators, CED Electronic Waste, Piazza Pizza, Furniture Medic – Ron Steller, Producer’s – Lintner & Sons, State Farm – Rabska Insurance, J. Lord Food Sales, SYSCO, Vernon Edwards Constructors, Roemer Way Self Storage, Guardian Life Insurance, Food 4 Kids, Tim Cary, Beneflex Insurance, Fargen Surveys, Richandre Inc., Kleanerette Cleaners, Papa John’s – Ron Weaver, The Standard, The Berry Man, Microwave Applications Group, Superior Foods, Alpine Refrigeration Heating and AC, The Fischer Group, Phillips Metsch Sweeney Moore Architects, SM Valley Youth and Family Center, The Noodle Vendor, Medical Billing Technologies, Industrial Truck Bodies, Mario Juarez, Office Depot, Meathead Movers, Unisource Worldwide and Dr. Dennis Shepard.

The district golf tournament committee also appreciates the businesses and people who donated raffle prizes to help raise money for DARE. The prize donors include: F McLintock’s, Black Lake Golf Resort, Roger Dunn Golf Shop, Hearst Castle, DARE Officer Al Torres, Producer’s Dairy, Unisource – Nicholas Cornwell, ARAMARK, The Berry Man, Food Service Associates, Monarch Dunes Golf Course, Fat Cat Scones, Sea World, Gold Coast Limos, Carl’s Muffler Shop, Pillsbury, Santa Barbara Zoo, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Sawyer & Co. Inc, Procare Janitorial, J&J Snack Foods, Pepsico/Frito Lay, Cottonwood Canyon Winery, Santa Maria Speedway, Boomers, Edna Valley Vineyard, SM Civic Theatrefest, Mario Juarez, Diane Araujo, Office Depot, Red Robin Restaurant, Santa Ynez Marriott, Sky Blue Foods, Dr. Phil Show, LA Dodgers, Jody and Sandy Oliver, APIO, Rancho Maria Golf Course, Cool Hand Luke’s, Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, Cambria and Byron Wineries, Hitching Post, Chamisal Winery, Adelina’s Bistro and Marketplace, Laetitia Vineyard, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Trader Joe’s, Trattoria Uliveto Restaurant, Rebecca and Bob Herrick, and the Los Angeles Zoo.

Thanks to the organizers, sponsors, donors and players, the tournament raised more than $14,300 to help fund the DARE program for the district’s 6th grade students.