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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 or (920) 272-3415.

City of Oconto Bond Park Grant

On August 19, 2013, the Bond Foundation awarded the City of Oconto a $30,000 grant for the creation of Bond Park. The park borders the Oconto River on Charles Street directly across from the old Bond Pickle site.

It provides a recreation place for children up to age 12, a pleasant place to picnic with family and friends as well as a place for walkers and bikers on the adjacent city trail to rest.

The park also offers a beautiful view of the Oconto River for all to enjoy. The Bond Foundation is pleased to provide this space for all residents and visitors of the City of Oconto.

City of Oconto Fish Cleaning Station

City of Oconto Fish Cleaning Station Grant

On April 26, 2011 the Bond Foundation awarded the City of Oconto a grant in the amount of $18,000. This grant provided the funds to build a fish cleaning station at the overflow parking area of the Break Water. This station consists of a shelter that houses a stainless steel table and associated equipment necessary for the cleaning and disposal of fish remains.

The station has proven to be a tremendous attraction for not only the citizens of Oconto, but for fishermen who come from all over to fish on the Bay of Green Bay. It has been a valuable asset to the city of Oconto, especially during the many fishing tournaments held at the Break Water.