The Santa Maria-Bonita School District thanks the businesses, local organizations and people throughout the community that support students and schools in many ways during the year.

The elementary schools of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District would like to thank the many parents and community members who volunteered to read to children on the annual Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Day. Many schools invited adults and high school students to visit classrooms and read Dr. Seuss books or other books of their own choosing. Dozens of people volunteered at nearly a dozen schools. Most read to students, but others helped with book fairs or created student awards. The whole day was filled with members of the community encouraging students to read.

Tommie Kunst Junior High School thanks the Santa Barbara County Probation Department and Dave Carlson for donating ten 17-inch computer monitors to the school to replace some of its older, smaller monitors. The Tommie Kunst staff says “thank you very much” to Eufloria from Nipomo which recently delivered several tubs of roses to distribute to honor the teachers.  A very nice treat!

Taylor School appreciates the support of Starbucks on Main Street which has been donating coffee for school meetings and events. Starbucks provides coffee for the School Site Council meetings, for the Read Across America volunteer readers, and for  teachers who attend school leadership meetings. Taylor School also thanks businesses that donate coupons to use for student awards, including Boomers, Applebee’s, Straw Hat Pizza, and HomeTown Buffet.

Special thanks to the Cal Poly Women’s Basketball Team members who have been pen pals with students from five classes at Ontiveros School since September. The students, teachers and parent volunteers were guests of the team at a home game in March game against University of Hawaii. After the game, the students met their pen pal players and got autographs. Ontiveros School also thanks Mr. Ravi Chahal, vice-president of several local 7-Elevens. He donated Slurpee and taquito coupons that will be used to reward honor and merit roll students. The school also thanks Green Heart Farms in Arroyo Grande. The business donated $60 in WalMart gift cards that will be used for monthly “Way-to-Go” drawings honoring students who are safe, responsible, respectful and prepared. The school is especially grateful for Captain John Markley from the Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department. Captain Markley presented safety lessons to Ontiveros first grade students and then returned a few months later to award a medal to a student who performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a classmate who was choking on the playground.

A big thank you Mr. and Mrs. Jose Vargas, parents of Sanchez School student Clarissa Vargas, for their very generous donation to Sanchez School. The funds will be used for field trips.

Fesler Junior High thanks Adrian Galvan from the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office, and Robert Armstrong, law student and volunteer at the SB County Public Defender’s Office, for assisting the school’s students involved in Mock Trial. The men donated their time twice a week to work with students after school in teacher Josh Waldman’s Mock Trial Club. They helped them prepare for Fesler’s first entry into the Mock Trial competition (preparing opening statements, questions, cross examination, etc.). Both men were present at the Mock Trials with Mr. Waldman in January to assist the team. Two Fesler students did well and received countywide awards! Mr. Galvan and Mr. Armstrong helped Fesler students compete at a high level.

The preschool students in the school district thank Tetra Tech and Nancy Fitch for donating markers, pencils, crayons, chalk, colored pens and other supplies to their classes.

Robert Bruce School thanks Sunrise Growers and Romo Market for donating money during the Christmas holidays to help the school buy additional items for 30 food baskets for families in need. The school’s staff and students also raised money and donated food for the baskets.

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 1,700 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, he or she can use it throughout their school career. 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.