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  • SMBSD remains focused on education, despite board distractions

    May 17, 2012 10:09 PM

    If you missed it on our late news Wednesday night, a lot of people were pretty fired up at the Santa Maria Bonita School Board Meeting. Their target? Outspoken School Board Member Will Smith. Community members packed Wednesday night's board meeting to show their disapproval with Smith. Board President... more »
  • Swim school offers free lessons for Oceano kids

    February 14, 2012 2:56 AM

    More than two dozen kids from Oceano Elementary School are learning how to swim for free. The 5 Cities Swim School in Arroyo Grande is giving free lessons to 25 children whose parents cannot afford them. The goal is to make sure the kids are water safe. Instructors say... more »
  • First winter CSI camp launches in Guadalupe

    December 19, 2011 9:50 PM

    The Guadalupe Dunes Center kicked off its first CSI camp today for students in fifth through ninth grades. The four-day program teaches the kids all the basics of forensic science, everything from fingerprinting to DNA analysis. Did you know a Koala's finger prints are so similar to humans that... more »
  • Kids at Alvin Elementary sending blankets to children in Japan

    April 1, 2011 10:10 PM

    Kids at Alvin Elementary School in Santa Maria are showing their support for children affected by the disaster in Japan. Mrs. "A" is the kindergarten teacher who came up with a project called "Blanketed with Love." She collected enough money from students,staff, and the community to purchase 19 blankets. Then,... more »
  • Safer school routes on the way for Nipomo kids

    September 7, 2010 9:38 PM

    Kids at Nipomo Elementary will soon have a safer way to get to school thanks to a federal grant. The Federal Safe Route to School Grant will improve access for students by getting them off the road. The project will construct a bicycle and pedestrian path on Beechnut Avenue, bridges... more »
  • Arroyo Grande approves ordinance that would protect kids from sex offenders

    May 26, 2010 2:21 AM

    The Arroyo Grande City Council approved an ordinance that would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to come within 300 feet of schools, parks or day care centers. The Arroyo Grande Police Department proposed that ordinance. State law puts restrictions on how close a sex offender can live... more »
  • Santa Maria cops trade in their badges for a basketball

    May 8, 2010 2:28 AM

    High school hoops stars took on the brave men in blue at a Santa Maria gym Friday night. It was all part of the annual Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Santa Maria High School. High school seniors and members of the Santa Maria Police Officers Association faced... more »
  • The Easter Bunny visits San Luis Obispo

    April 2, 2010 2:40 AM

    Central Coast kids went hopping down the bunny trail! Families gathered in San Luis Obispo for a little early Easter fun during Farmers' Market Thursday night. Downtown businesses handed out candy and treats to the little ones who stopped by. And a familiar face was also onhand to greet... more »
  • Local 4th graders learn about cattle at F. McClintock's

    March 17, 2010 5:26 PM

    Hundreds of local students are learning a thing or two about how cattle goes from the farm, to your fork. For the past two days, local fourth grade students have been taking field trips to F. McClintock's Restaurant in Shell Beach to learn about the life cycle of cattle.... more »
  • Safe recreation programs for Santa Maria teens

    March 5, 2010 3:34 PM

    With MotionZ laser tag closing down later this month at the Santa Maria Town Center, that's one less option for teens looking for some fun after school. Still, there are other safe alternatives. While Santa Maria leaders work on solving the city's gang problem, one way to keep santa... more »
  • Kids sell Valentines for Haiti

    February 1, 2010 9:29 PM

    Children at a Santa Maria elementary school are sending a different kind of Valentine's Day message this year. Their selling candy for a cause. Kids at Battles Elementary are selling candy grams to help the relief efforts in Haiti. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.... more »
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for mentors

    January 15, 2010 9:34 PM

    President Obama has designated January as National Mentoring Month. So, we decided to highlight one group that's been creating meaningful relationships along the Central Coast. Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs adults with children in need of a mentor. The kids are between the ages of seven and seventeen.... more »
  • Toys for Tots needs help meeting goal

    December 18, 2009 3:47 PM

    The Santa Maria area Toys for Tots drive is asking for your last minute help to meet it's goal. Organizers say they are nearly 1,200 toys short. Four thousand kids in Santa Maria are registered to receive toys from the organization, but some children could be left out this... more »
  • "Operation Kids Christmas" held at Vandenberg AFB

    December 5, 2009 6:47 PM

    With lights and sirens blaring, local children are welcomed to Vandenberg Air Force Base for a special holiday event. The focus at Vandenberg Saturday, was on "Operation Kids' Christmas." It's a party held each year for underprivileged children in the community. Each of the 200 kids involved were teamed... more »
  • Local schools break down barriers for "Mix it up for Lunch" day

    November 10, 2009 6:22 AM

    Thousands of schools are taking part in a program aimed at breaking down barriers on campuses nationwide. A group called Teaching Tolerance is holding "Mix It Up At Lunch" day Tuesday. Organizers say their idea is simple: students are asked to sit with someone new at the school cafeteria, just... more »

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