The schools, students and staff of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District thank the many people, businesses and organizations that donate and provide assistance throughout the year.
The Special Education department thanks Rancho Bowl for once again being a wonderful host for the annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser. Rancho Bowl welcomes the severely handicapped students and their community bowling partners each year and provides special accommodations and designated lanes for the students. The fundraiser would not be possible without the support of Rancho Bowl.
Lompoc children’s book author Connie Amarel donated 23 of her books to the elementary school libraries in SMBSD. The colorful books feature Gary Grasshopper and the important life lessons he learns with his friends. Thank you Ms. Amarel for supporting literacy and character building.
Bonita, El Camino, Ontiveros, Taylor, Battles and Tunnell schools thank the local McDonald’s restaurants and owners Ted and Cheryl Maddux for sponsoring McTeachers’ Nights and donating a percentage of the proceeds to the schools. Staff members from the schools, including teachers and classified employees, took orders, cooked and served meals as part of a fundraiser sponsored by McDonald’s. The restaurants donated 20% of the sales that occurred at each restaurant location on each night to the school whose staff worked. McThanks!
Liberty School students appreciate Lompoc Police Officer Josh Hernandez who spoke to them during Red Ribbon Week. Officer Hernandez spoke to 5th and 6th graders about his job and about drug prevention. He spoke about the dangers of drugs, shared some facts and stories about the experiences he has witnessed, but most importantly, he told the students how to be drug free and encouraged them to get involved in something positive and live a healthy life.
Liberty School also thanks a number of businesses and people for supporting its students. Thank you to SA Recycling in Santa Maria and manager David Garmin for donating $450 to support Red Ribbon Week activities and incentives. Thanks to In-N-Out Burger for donating gift cards for student recognition and awards. Thank you to HomeTown Buffet for providing free meal passes and to Red Robin for donating gift certificates for children’s meals. WalMart of Santa Maria deserves thanks and appreciation for donating $1,000 and supplies to Liberty. A big thank you to local 7-Eleven stores for donating money and supplies. Kohl’s also earns Liberty’s thanks for providing monetary donations and volunteers to help out at the school. Beth Glidden and her family are much appreciated for donating supplies. Thank you to everyone that has supported Liberty School.
Sanchez School would like to thank the Santa Maria Inn for donating approximately 50 gallons of ice for the school’s fundraiser barbecue. Sanchez also thanks Starbucks on South Broadway for donating 5 gallons of coffee and all the sundries for the school’s Veterans Day celebration with local servicemen and servicewomen. Ravi Chahal, local 7-Eleven franchisee general manager, donated five soccer balls and two basketballs to Sanchez School. Principal Richard Ruiz notes that Mr. Chahal is very generous and has made several donations to the school in the past.
Fairlawn School also appreciates the support of the 7-Eleven stores managed by Ravi Chahal. 7-Eleven donated soccer balls and basketballs for students to use at recess. Last year, 7-Eleven donated $250 to purchase recess balls. Altrusa of Golden Valley donated $300 to Fairlawn pre-school classes to help fund a field trip. Santa Maria Signs provided a discounted banner for Red Ribbon Week, encouraging Fairlawn students to respect themselves and remain drug free. Thank you to 7-Eleven, Altrusa and Santa Maria Signs.
The district sends a huge thanks to the Energy Partners Fund for underwriting the elementary and junior high Math Super Bowl competitions. The students have a great time and learn a lot of math skills. Thanks also to the Energy Partners Fund for its wonderful support in purchasing the Reasoning Mind software program for nine schools. The students use the interactive computer program to develop critical thinking skills and have a better understanding of mathematics.
Tunnell School thanks California Pro Painting and owners Jessie and Jeanette Hernandez, for donating $100 to purchase basketball nets.
In August, the Serve Santa Maria organization supported beautification projects at Sanchez and Liberty schools. The Serve Santa Maria members, many of whom are from local churches, partnered with staff, students and parents to plant new plants, weed, rake leaves, clear off cobwebs, sweep, clean windows, gather trash and install planter bark. “We had a great time meeting new friends, and the students learned how to use various tools,” said Sanchez School principal Richard Ruiz. “Most importantly, we all learned the value of giving back to our community. At one point, a student said, ‘These people are our heroes,’ referring to the volunteers.” Thank you Serve Santa Maria members for your hard work and demonstrating an important lesson.

For additional information, contact:
Maggie White
SMBSD, Public Information Officer
(805) 361-8113