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 schools of the district would like to thank the community members and business people who participated in the Principal for the Day event sponsored by the Santa Maria Valley Industry Education Council and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce in March. The community members shadowed school principals for several hours in the morning, learning about the challenges and successes that schools encounter on a daily basis. The guest administrators visited classrooms, met with students and spoke with staff members in order to understand a little bit about what it’s like to be a principal in charge of a school. Thanks go to those who took the time out of their busy days to support schools: Ryan Burks with Hardy Diagnostics; Jack Boysen from the Santa Maria City Council; Mike Cordero, a retired police officer; Cliff Stepp from Central Coast Urgent Care; Angel Ortega with the Los Padres Boy Scouts; Wendy Fuentes with Wells Fargo Bank; Christina Gonzalez with Fund for Santa Barbara; Alice Patino, the Mayor of Santa Maria; Michelle Lynch from Workforce Investment; Wes Brown with Wells Fargo Advisors; Miriana Del Toro with Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara; Cameron Stephens with Santa Maria Tire; Bill Libbon with the Boys & Girls Club; Tahir Masood from Premier Valley Bank; Dorothy Mogavero with the Salvation Army; Gabriel Morales from CET; Tara LeFranc from Russco; and Treena Leonard with CalPortland Construction.

Adam School would like to thank the Tailwinds Bike Club for sponsoring an essay contest at the school. There were four winners. Each winner received a brand new bike, a helmet, and a safety lock. Special thanks to Maia Lewis, David Cantero and other members of the Tailwinds Bike Club who visited the school on March 15 and presented the bikes to the winners. They also gave a short presentation on bike safety at the student assembly.

Arellanes Junior High appreciates the support of C&D Zodiac Aerospace. Every Wednesday, approximately 10 C&D employees come to Arellanes to tutor students in math after school. “It is very exciting to see,” says principal Stacie Rivera. “We have about 35 to 40 students participating in the program with the tutors.” Thanks for supporting education, C&D Zodiac.

Fairlawn sends a big “thank you” to Culligan Water, KMart, Trader Joe’s, Boomer’s, WalMart, Target, Red Robin, Hot Dog on a Stick, and AMS Entertainment for all their support and contributions to the school’s first annual Jog-A-Thon.  The students raised $14, 500 for school activities.

Ontiveros School thanks HomeTown Buffet for donating oranges for the school’s Jog-A-Thon.

The organizers of the K-6 Battle of the Books event appreciate the support of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria Valley, Rotary of Santa Maria, and Altrusa International of Golden Valley organizations which donated money to provide prizes and books to the participating students. The organizers also thank the Santa Maria Library for donating gift bags. A big thank you to the teachers, district staff and community members who were judges and moderators.

7-Eleven has chosen El Camino Junior High School as its local Project A-Game Grant recipient. El Camino has received more than 150 gift certificates for food and beverages for the students along with $500 to purchase sports equipment for the school. El Camino recently ordered 20 basketballs and 20 soccer balls with the donation. Special thanks go to 7-Eleven; David Continente, the Area Manager; and Davidender Sing, the local store manager at the 7-Eleven at Broadway and Bunny.