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.

Rice School would like to thank the many sponsors who helped make the school’s Fall Festival a success. The supporters include: Santa Elks Lodge 1538 which donated wood, Knights of Columbus which provided a BBQ pit and meat slicer, St. Joseph High School volunteers and parents, Righetti High School volunteers, Pioneer High School volunteers, Tommie Kunst Junior High Student Council volunteers, Fesler Junior High volunteers, Coca-Cola which donated water and soda, Frito-Lay which donated chips, Santa Maria BBQ Outfitters which provided an oak BBQ pit, Whipper Snippers which donated silent auction items, Vallarta which donated cases of water, Cal Coast Machinery which donated toys and T-shirts, Quinn Co. which donated a toy tractor, Crop Production Services which donated silent auction items and Blue Lagoon Tattoo which donated silent auction items. The event was also a success thanks to the wonderful help the school received from its PTA volunteers and teachers and staff who also made baskets for the silent auction.

Tunnell School appreciates recent donations to help 6th grade students attend science camp. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donated $1,000 and the Kiwanis Club donated $200. Tunnell is also very grateful to the City of Santa Maria which is donating 160 previously used computers to the school. The computers are a few years old and are perfect for students to use for educational software programs. The donation increases the number of computers at the school significantly.

Fairlawn School would like to thank the members of Christ United Methodist Church.  Earlier this year, they donated some uniforms and a very generous check for $1,100.  That money was used to supply uniforms for some of the school’s students in need.  Recently the church members also contributed to the Box Tops for Education collection drive.  Every little Box Top helps. Fairlawn appreciates their support. Also, the Rotary Club of Santa Maria, Breakfast Club donated two books to Fairlawn’s library this year.  Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems and Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos are the two award winning books the students are enjoying through the generosity of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria.

Robert Bruce School recently held a collection drive to gather food to make Thanksgiving baskets for the families of some of the school’s students. Vallarta Super Market donated $300 worth of canned goods, Foods Co. and Orcutt Albertson’s each donated $25.00 toward buying perishable items for the food drive. The students and staff at the school also donated hundreds of food items to include in the baskets, as well as money to purchase hams and other items.

Liberty School sends a big thank you to Altrusa of Golden Valley for donating classroom supplies and providing teacher grants. The school also thanks Volunteer Santa Maria for sending wonderful volunteers to help start the school year as greeters and helpers. Liberty appreciates Robert Thrussell from Photographic Services, the school’s student photo provider, who took photos of Liberty’s kindergarten students at no charge so that all students could have an ID card and be safe and sound in their bus travels to and from school. Liberty would also like to thank Shoes For Students, which provides Walmart and Payless gift cards to students in need. There are many students wearing warm coats and shoes thanks to Shoes For Students.

The SMBSD Gifted And Talented Education Program would like to thank Scott Ballew from Lockheed Martin and his organization, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers from Cal Poly, for providing an amazing presentation for the GATE parents and students. The presentation for parents focused on helping their children excel in science and math and finding resources to encourage careers in those fields. Students from Cal Poly mentored the GATE students in hands-on activities that involved math, science and engineering.

Sanchez School sends a robust thank you to Starbucks at South Broadway for donating coffee to the school’s Veterans Day Celebration. The manager, Nathan Ramirez, donated a large coffee cambro for the school’s Veterans Day Breakfast along with cups, sugar, cream, etc. Sanchez School held a special ceremony and invited local veterans and service people.

Arellanes Junior High is grateful for the support of C&D Zodiac. Employees from the aerospace company come to the school every Wednesday afternoon to tutor students in math. There are about 10 tutors every week. “It is SO fantastic!” says Arellanes Junior High principal Stacie Rivera. “We attribute the tutoring as a factor in our improved test scores last year. We have about 40 students attending tutoring each week. It is such a success story.”

Through the GenSpan Foundation and thanks to the generosity of Dr. Gerald Ebner, the school district received more than 10 large boxes of high quality books on subjects including art, history, biography, politics and world events. Dr. Ebner, who is on the Board for GenSpan, donated the books from his personal library. The books will be extremely helpful to junior high students for research and in-depth study.