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2019 Scholarship Recipients

Mara E. Allen is the 2019 recipient of the $4,000 Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Scholarship. She plans to attend UW-Green Bay and will be majoring in nursing.

Mallory M. Allen is the 2019 recipient of the $2,000 Earl J. DeCloux Memorial Scholarship. She plans to attend UW-Green Bay and will also be majoring in nursing.

Mara and Mallory are the daughters of Wally and Lisa Allen.

The Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Scholarship and the Earl J. DeCloux Memorial Scholarship are awarded to graduating seniors from Oconto High School, who demonstrate leadership ability, a high academic record and service as evidence by school and community. They must plan to enroll in a course of study in a public or private college. Preference may be given to a student majoring in the health or recreation field.

Nurses Nook Receives $40,000 Grant

Oconto Falls – HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation, Inc., has awarded a $40,000 grant to support Nurse’s Nook – a program that provides aid to children and families in need in all five school districts in Oconto County: Gillett, Suring, Oconto Falls, Oconto and Lena.

Nurse’s Nook provides students and their families with basic needs items including non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, clothing, medical supplies/devices and vouchers for transportation to medical appointments. Items are kept stocked within each of the school districts throughout the year and provided to students free-of-charge on an as-needed basis. Nurse’s Nook also offers an Adopt-A-Family Christmas program to provide families with winter necessities including boots, jackets, hats and gloves. It also offers a Weekend Food program which provides students a bag of nutritious food that contains enough items to allow them to make a full meal at home each week.

“We are immensely grateful to the Bond Foundation for their generous support of Nurse’s Nook and the children and families we serve here in Oconto County,” said Nuala Nowicki, founder of the Nurse’s Nook program. “These funds will allow us to maintain programming, purchase additional supplies and serve more families in Oconto County.”

This is the second Bond Foundation grant to be awarded to Nurse’s Nook. In 2018, it awarded Nurse’s Nook $30,000 which was used to help expand the program to the Oconto and Lena school districts.

Nurse’s Nook informally began in 2014 when Nuala, who is also a Prevea Health school nurse for the Gillett School District, recognized that poverty in the community was negatively impacting students’ abilities to learn and succeed in school. Today, Nurse’s Nook is an official program of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, operated in collaboration with Nuala, Prevea Health and countless volunteers and donors who dedicate time and effort to collecting, organizing and distributing supplies.

The Nurse’s Nook program relies solely on support and donations from the community to operate. Anyone who would like to learn more information or donate to Nurse’s Nook should contact Debbie Hockers at (920) 433-8653 or email ewfriends@hshs.org.

Oconto Unified School District Grant

The Oconto Unified School District is thrilled to have partnered with the Bond Foundation on two projects. With the support of the Bond Foundation, OUSD is now a proud owner of a vertical hydroponics garden. The school district will also be able to upgrade the sound system in the High School gymnasium.

The Oconto Middle School runs courses of interest for the students at the end of the day. During this time students are encouraged to learn and explore areas that may have peaked their curiosity. Many of the Oconto Middle School students are interested in gardening and the science behind indoor vertical hydroponic gardens. This program/course teaches students how to grow food such as lettuce, spices and herbs. Some activities include planting, monitoring the water levels in the system, and participating in educationally based lessons. Benefits of a hydroponic system are higher crop yield, faster growth, less space consumption and resources, and delicious and nutritious food. Students are energized by the process of the hydroponics garden. Oconto thanks the Bond Foundation for the $5,440.00 grant towards growing their student’s knowledge.

Another area of celebration for OUSD will come with updates to the sound system at the High School. It is an objective of the school district to promote the many positive activities our students are engaged in. The upgraded sound system will enhance the events that are held at the High School. Allowing for clear and concise announcements, presentations or sports commentary to be heard by all. Again, OUSD appreciates the $18,894.93 grant support from the Bond Foundation to make this sound system enhance the programing .

Oconto Unified School District is proud of the continued partnership with the Bond Foundation. It is with this kind of support that OUSD continues to make the strides and gains that all OUSD students deserve.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Oliva Ortiz is the 2018 recipient of the $4,000 Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Scholarship. Olivia is the daughter of Monica Lardinois and Juan Ortiz. She plans to attend UW-Milwaukee to study Chemistry with a Pre-Medical path.

Kelton Lepak is the 2018 recipient of the $2,000 Earl J. DeCloux Memorial Scholarship. Kelton is the son of Eugene Lepak. He plans to attend UW-Madison to study Mechanical Engineering.

The Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Scholarship and the Earl J. DeCloux Memorial Scholarship are awarded to graduating seniors from Oconto High School, who demonstrate leadership ability, a high academic record and service as evidence by school and community. They must plan to enroll in a course of study in a public or private college. Preference may be given to a student majoring in the health or recreation field.

 

Bond Foundation awards Neville Public Museum Foundation a $10,000 Grant

The Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Foundation awarded the Neville Public Museum Foundation a $10,000 grant on May 5, 2017. The grant money was for the exhibit Estamos Aqui: Celebrating Latino Identity in Northeast Wisconsin. This exhibit connected the residents of Northeastern Wisconsin with the emerging and diverse Latino communities that have settled into the region. The exhibition was developed collaboratively with a committee of engaged Latinos and museum staff members and educated audiences about the contributions, diversity, and growth of the Latino population.

The exhibit included a replica of the Saldana family home. The Saldana family were Latino migrants that worked at the Bond Pickle Company in Oconto, Wisconsin. The Neville Museum hopes the exhibit will help build cultural bridges in the region by more widely telling the Latino story and publicizing the contributions of the population.

 


Oconto County Sheriff’s Department Awarded $30,000 Grant

With the help of the community, the Oconto County Law Enforcement Executive Group (OCLEEG) was able to make the job of law enforcement in the county a little bit safer. OCLEEG sought help from the community to purchase bullet resistant gear to protect our law enforcement officers in the event they must face a suspect with a rifle. OCLEEG represents all the law enforcement agencies in Oconto County.

Oconto County Law Enforcement agencies have been training and exercising together to respond to and control active threats such as active shooter. Our law enforcement officers were not equipped with the ballistic protective gear necessary to counter the dangerous threats presented by an active shooter. Because the law enforcement officers in Oconto County did not have the financial resources to purchase this equipment, they sought assistance to purchase vests and helmets to provide protection to officers when they are called to respond to armed encounters.

The goal was to equip every officer in Oconto County with a rifle rated vest and a helmet. OCLEEG purchased this equipment for the deputies and officers at approximately $1000 for each officer.

Fifty vests and helmets were purchased with 28 going to the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office, 9 to Oconto PD, 7 to Oconto Falls PD, 4 to Gillett PD, 2 to Lena PD, and 1 to Suring PD.

The Bond Foundation contributed $30,000 to this project.

St. Anthony School Receives Grant

On April 17, 2018, St. Anthony School was awarded a $3,400 grant from the Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Foundation. St. Anthony School is a small Catholic School in Oconto Falls, WI. Since 1913, St. Anthony has been offering quality, Catholic education to families in the Oconto County area. They are presently the last remaining Catholic School in Oconto County, and so remain an intricate part of the community.

The grant funds helped purchase school uniforms for the 2018/2019 school year. This benefitted everyone, including students, parents and staff. Studies and experience show uniforms encourage better classroom behavior, improve overall school demeanor, and instruct students in how to dress appropriately in public. Most of all, they instill in the children that their person is not shaped by the latest fashion trends, but rather their character.

Nurse’s Nook Receives $30,000 Grant from Bond Foundation

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation, Inc., has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Nurse’s Nook program.

Nurse’s Nook is a program that provides aid to children in need in the Gillett, Suring and Oconto Falls school districts. Aid provided includes basic needs items, non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, winter clothing and boots, medical supplies/devices and vouchers for transportation to medical appointments. These items are kept stocked within each of the school districts throughout the year and given to students free-of-charge on an as-needed basis. School nurses, guidance counselors and secretaries work as a team to identify the students in need.

The Bond Foundation grant will allow the Nurse’s Nook program to expand into the Lena and Oconto school districts in the 2018-2019 school year, and will allow for the purchase of more supplies to be provided to children in need.

Nurse’s Nook informally began in 2014 when Nuala Nowicki, a Prevea Health school nurse for the Gillett School District recognized that poverty in the region was negatively impacting students’ abilities to learn and succeed in school. She expanded the program to the Suring School District in 2015. In 2017, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital joined Nuala in her efforts and assisted in expanding Nurse’s Nook to the Oconto Falls school district. Today, Nurse’s Nook operates as a collaborative effort between HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, Prevea Health, Nuala, local school districts and countless volunteers and donors who dedicate time and effort to collecting supplies, operating the program and helping children in need.

“We are immensely grateful to the Bond Foundation for this generous donation, which will greatly enhance our abilities to serve more children throughout Oconto County,” says Nuala. “It is our mission with Nurse’s Nook to provide local youth increased opportunities to learn and succeed in school, and become healthy, contributing members of the community.”

The Nurse’s Nook program relies solely on support and donations from the community to operate. Anyone who would like to learn more information or donate to Nurse’s Nook should contact Nuala Nowicki at thenursesnook@gmail.com or (920) 272-3415.

Kingdom Come, Inc. Awarded a $25,000 Grant

On October 20, 2017, the Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Foundation awarded Kingdom Come, Inc. a $25,000 grant.

Kingdom Come, Inc. is a food pantry organized in July of 2005. They provide food to needy individuals and families primarily in the Oconto County area. The organization’s mission is “to serve those in need in a way that honors God and each other”. The food pantry serves approximately 200 clients per week and is operated strictly by volunteers.

The grant money was used to expand the pantry’s registration area. The old area did not have enough room for clients who were waiting to access the food distribution area. This absence of space resulted in a lack of privacy and resulted in clients waiting outside before they were served. This grant also assisted the pantry in updating and improving the restrooms.

The Bond Foundation is proud to partner with Kingdom Come in helping to better serve its current clients and allow for future growth.

Bond Foundation Presents Grant to Abrams Theater

By Joan Koehne
Owner of Writer to the Rescue

The Byng Community Theater in Abrams will install new seating for its audience, thanks to an $11,535 grant from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation. Abrams Spotlight Productions will replace the theater’s church pews with more comfortable and versatile chairs.

According to Bond Foundation Executive Director, Jennifer Hanna, the project was selected for funding because of the theater’s significance in the community.

“The foundation’s board of directors recognized Abrams Spotlight Productions as a great creative outlet for the local community as well as an entertainment venue for people of all ages,” she said.

“The board was also impressed with the dedication and hard work of the many volunteers who are responsible for the success of Abrams Spotlight Productions. The board felt the theater seating will improve not only the function of the theater but also allow Abrams Spotlight Productions to better serve the community.”

“We are so grateful to be selected for a Bond Foundation grant,” said Bill Koehne, president of Abrams Spotlight Productions. “These chairs will provide added comfort for our patrons and the opportunity for us to better utilize our space and more easily accommodate patrons with disabilities.”

The 200 new chairs will replace all 22 pews in the church, plus three rows of metal folding chairs. The new chairs are solidly built, durable, washable, and stackable.

The grant also provides funding for the flooring to be cleaned and prepped before the new chairs are installed. In order to keep costs to a minimum, volunteers will remove the pews and install the chairs. The renovations will take place in late December or early January, and the church pews will be available for purchase.

The pews are remnants of the building’s previous use as St. Louis Catholic Church. The facility, home to Abrams Spotlight Productions since 2007, has undergone a series of transformations that include the construction of a stage with modular set booms, backstage dressing rooms, a concession stand, and a light, sound, and projections booth.

The new seating is scheduled to be unveiled Feb. 15, 2018, at a joint Oconto Falls/Oconto Chamber of Commerce event. Patrons attending the spring performance of “Singing in the Rain” will be the first to sit in the new chairs. The show will be performed March 16-18 and March 23-25.

The cast and crew is currently rehearsing for “Meet Me in St. Louis,” a classic holiday musical to be presented Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10 at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St. in Abrams.

The Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation is a family-endowed foundation committed to the growth and improvement of Oconto County and its surrounding areas. The foundation was established in 1993 by Leon Bond (benefactor of the foundation and founder of the Bond Pickle Company) and Earl DeCloux.