The Santa Maria-Bonita School District thanks the businesses, local organizations and people throughout the community that support students and schools in many ways throughout the year.
Liberty School has two businesses to thank. Kohl’s department store sent five employee volunteers to help with the school’s Movie Night for families. “They were really hard workers,” said principal Jamie LeBlanc. Kohl’s also donated $500 to the school. Additionally, the CVS on North Broadway donated a large quantity of discontinued or out of season items such as bookbags, reusable lunch sacks, notebooks, folders, erasers, protractors and other school supplies. The manager of the store, who is the parent of a Liberty student, arranged for the wonderful donation. “We will use some of the items as awards for students with good citizenship or good academics,” said LeBlanc.
The Tunnell School team would like to say “thank you” to the following people and businesses. Elizabeth Martinez, an employee of PG&E and former Tunnell parent, donated school supplies recently. Deborah Whitford, an attorney in Santa Maria, dropped off a case of paper for Tunnell teachers. Adam Buchanan, operations manager for Direct TV and his Santa Maria team held a school supply drive for Tunnell School. They donated copy paper, Kleenex, crayons, pencils, highlighters, whiteboard markers, and more! “The Tunnell staff and students are very grateful for all the supplies that will make our learning a little easier,” said principal Niccole Wiseman.
Straw Hat Pizza on North Broadway donated free kids meals cards for the Rice School fall carnival. Thank you!
Melford Borzall Inc. donated $300 to Arellanes Junior High. The school used it to provide breakfast for the community speakers on Career Day, to thank them for giving up several hours of their busy day to talk to students about their profession. Thank you Melford Borzall Inc. for helping fill a need.
El Camino Junior High appreciates the businesses that provided food, raffle prizes and DJ services for the the school’s recent Octoberfest fundraiser: Jamba Juice, Sports Mania, Medley Music, Albertson’s, Scentsy, Altrusa, Coca Cola, Hot Lix and Louis Lopez. Thanks to the El Camino PTC and office staff for organizing the event.
The Central Coast Education Collaborative recently provided more than $15,500 in grants for district events and equipment to bolster technology in the classroom. The Math Superbowl and GATE student enrichment program received $6,000 in grants. Two classes at Arellanes K-6 each received three iPads and accessories. A third grade Arellanes class received a Smart Board. Various Arellanes Junior High teachers were awarded a Smart Board, three Smart Slates, a digital camera and printer, and a classroom amplification system. Money was also given to an Arellanes Junior High afterschool computer club and the AVID student college field trip excursion. Thank you, CCEC, for your generous donations to support math and science.
The schools in the district appreciate the many businesses and organizations that sponsored ribbons for every student during October’s Red Ribbon anti-drug week. The sponsors included Marian Regional Medical Center, Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538, Costco, Teixeira Farms, American Legion, Shepard Eye Center, Altrusa Club of Santa Maria, JB’s Jewelers, Santa Maria Fairpark, Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary, Ng & Ng Dental and Eye Care, and the Santa Maria Valley Lions Club. Thank you, ribbon sponsors, for your support. Thanks also to Jay Cee Trophy owner DeeDee Maiden who encourages sponsors and makes sure that every student and staff member in the district has a red ribbon to show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
The school district thanks the very altruistic Altrusa of the Golden Valley for providing grants of $250 to 36 teachers and $150 grants to 3 more teachers. Altrusa gave nearly $9,500 in grants for classroom educational materials and field trips to teachers from a number of SMBSD schools. Teachers applied for the grants. The additional money helps teachers provide things for their students that would otherwise not be possible. Thank you Altrusa of the Golden Valley members for your commitment to education!