Some very lucky Santa Maria Valley students received new computers Thursday thanks to the "Computer Connections Program."
The program is a joint venture between the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Maria Valley Industry Education Council.
The new computers were awarded at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon Thursday afternoon. Nine students got new laptops with printers in order to help them with their school work.
According to the Santa Barbara County Education Office, more than 200 students and their families have received new computer packages through the program for under-served children.
The luncheon is a way for the community to thank the local companies, nonprofit agencies, and individuals who support Santa Maria Valley schools every day. Those organizations and individuals provide the schools with resources, awards and incentives for students, along with food for school activities.