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.

Battles School thanks HomeTown Buffet for donating 250 cookies for the school’s student Redesignation Night Celebration in May. Families and children were excited to have cookies at the event which honors English Learner students who become proficient in English.

Tommie Kunst Junior High thanks Ravi Chahal from the 7-Eleven stores on North Broadway, West Cook and South Blosser. Mr. Chahal regularly drops off certificates for free merchandise to give to students as awards and incentives.

The Noontime Rotary Club of Santa Maria donated $500 to support the district’s THRIVE Healthy School Pantry, which provides food, including many fresh fruits and vegetables, to families in need from local schools. Rotarian Gayle Pratt, from Santa Maria Energy, sponsored the application.

The math teachers of the district would like to thank Lockheed Martin and the State of California, Department of Conservation Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources for assisting with the recent Math SuperBowl events. The two agencies sent volunteers and engineers from the field to work over two days during the elementary and junior high competitions. The employees acted as test proctors and scored the hands-on event. They also shared with the students information about their professions and how to prepare for careers that involve math.

The district would like to thank the many, many sponsors who support the Elks Mini Rodeo and who make it possible for thousands of students to attend for free. Sponsors pay for the buses to bring students to the event, for the volunteer luncheon, for the prizes that students receive, for the American flags that each student proudly waves and dozens of other parts of the Clarence Minetti Elks Mini Rodeo that make it a success.

The primary sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible, are: Elks Lodge #1538; Jeff Caruso and Santa Maria Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; Monarch Dunes; the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Bob Hatch; Manfred and Jean Sander; Rosalie Minetti and the Minetti Family; Coca Cola and Dan Suchecki; Paul and Susie Righetti; Mega 97.1 FM Radio; Cal Portland Construction; GenSpan Foundation; Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie #1745; Costco; and Ed Carcarey.

Other sponsors, who helped make the Mini Rodeo a wonderful event to teach local children about Santa Maria’s rodeo tradition, are: Altrusa Club of Santa Maria; G.A.A.T.E.; Marian Regional Medical Center; Santa Maria FairPark; Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau; Sunny Country 102.5 FM; Steve and Marie Will; Santa Ynez Youth Recreation; Central Coast Family Source; Clearview Communications; Santa Maria Elementary Education Association (SMEEA); Local Copies; Susie Q’s Brand Artisan Foods; Trattoria Uliveto; Alamo Farming; Aloha Dental Arts; Apio Incorporated; Babe Farms; Betteravia Farms; Santa Maria Firefighters Association; Bill’s Drapery Service and the Branquino Family.

Additional sponsors, who contributed to make the Mini Rodeo a huge success, include: Cal Coast Machinery; California Hot Dog Company; Charter Brokerage; the City of Santa Maria; Plantel Nurseries; Cold Stone Ice Cream Company; Community Bank of Santa Maria; Mike and Linda Cordero; Delta Kappa Gamma Society; Diani Companies; Roy Nunes; Bryan and Karen Feldpouch; Addie Ferrari; Glenda Rodger’s Tax Service; the Order of Foresters; JB Dewar; Jocko’s Restaurant; Pacific Coast Produce; Keith and Olivia Bugal Family Trust; Santa Maria Noontime Lions; and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 129.

Other businesses, individuals and organizations supported the Mini Rodeo and had a hand in its success, including: Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge #2640; Al and Paula Sauvadon; Cliff and Myrna Scoles; Pinky Signorelli; Virginia Souza; Spencer’s Fresh Markets; Splash Cafe; Stowasser Pontiac Buick GMC; Stowell Shopping Center; Straw Hat Pizza; Victor Tognazzini; Robin and Stephanie Ventura; Tri W Enterprises; Santa Barbara County Cattleman’s Association; Platinum Performance; Waste Management; Kiwanis Club of Guadalupe; Koehler Plumbing; and Kumon Tutoring.

These sponsors and supporters were important in bringing the Mini Rodeo to more than 6,000 local students: Lompoc Community Bank; La Brea Plaza; Las Cuezuelas Restaurant; Pacific Christian School; Los Alamos Men’s Club; Judith Lundberg; Marshall-Spoo Sunset Chapel; John and Gloria Mascarenas; Oceano Elks Lodge #2504; Roland Miller DC; Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 Menudo Committee, PER Association, Americanism Committee, Pancake Breakfast Committee, Touring Elks, Drug Awareness Committee and Beard A Reno Committee.