On August 4, 2017, the City of Oconto Police Department held National Night Out at City Hall. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. This event enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Activities included special visits by the Oconto Fire and Rescue Department and the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, face painting, music, prizes, a bounce house and City of Oconto Parks/Recreation displays. The Bond Foundation is a proud sponsor of this event and looks forward to many years of partnership with the City of Oconto Police Department.
Alek Ertman is the 2017 recipient of the $4,000 Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Scholarship. Alek is the son of Amy Sunderlage and Dan Ertman. He plans to attend Michigan Technological University to study computer or electrical engineering with a focus on biomedical applications.
Madalynn Meyer is the 2017 recipient of the $2,000 Earl J. DeCloux Memorial Scholarship. Madalynn is the daughter of Tina Meyer and Brian Meyer. She plans to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to study diagnostic medical sonography.
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.
On May 5, 2017, the Bond Foundation awarded the Lena Public School District a $60,000 grant. The Lena Public School District is located in Oconto County and serves approximately 415 students. The school district prides itself on providing a feeling of family and togetherness and places an emphasis on being an integral part of the community.
The grant was used to construct a new outdoor bathroom facility located adjacent to the track, baseball, softball and football field. Prior to receiving the grant funds, Lena used two portable units. These units were inconvenient and were simply an eye-sore. The closest indoor facility is located a distance away and created an issue of opening the school and leaving it unsupervised during sporting events. The new outdoor facility has been a wonderful addition to the current outdoor sports complex and serves the needs of students, staff and community members of all ages.
On September 20, 2016, the Bond Foundation awarded the Oconto Unified School District a $9,803.09 grant.
The Oconto Unified School District (OUSD) is a public school located in the city of Oconto. There are four schools within the district that serve over 1,000 students in grades 4K through 12. The schools include Oconto Elementary School, Bayshore Community Academy, Oconto Middle School and Oconto High School.
A portion of the grant funds were used to purchase science supplies for the Bayshore Academy (BCA). BCA was established in 2013 and serves students in grades 5th through 8th. While attending BCA, students engage in projects focused on science and social studies. Since its establishment the Bond Foundation has provided a yearly grant to purchase specialized science equipment to outfit the BCA science lab. This funding has allowed BCA students to explore science through hands on learning and develop many problem solving skills.
The remainder of the grant funds were used to purchase uniforms for the Oconto Middle School boys and girls basketball programs. The old uniforms were extremely old and worn. The new uniforms are of a much higher quality and will provide many years of play.
As with most public schools, funding is a big concern for the OUSD. Federal and State budget cuts have largely effected most districts. The Bond Foundation is proud to support the educational efforts of the OUSD by providing funding for programs and equipment that would not otherwise be possible.
Mykala Moes is the 2016 recipient of the $4,000 Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Scholarship. Mykala is the daughter of David and Gloria Moes. She plans to attend Northern Michigan University to study biology and pre-med.
Bryce D. Gallagher is the 2016 recipient of the $2,000 Earl J. DeCloux Memorial Scholarship. Bryce is the son of William and Barbara Gallagher. He plans to attend St. Norbert College to study biomedical science or nursing.
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.
On March 22, 2016, the Bond Foundation awarded International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh (IYSO) a $5,000 grant. IYSO is a nonprofit group of sailing enthusiasts focused on enriching the lives of children in Northeastern Wisconsin by introducing them to the life lessons that sailing offers. Since 2008 IYSO has become the largest school sailing program in North America. Last year they served over 2,300 public and private school students from all over Northeastern Wisconsin. Sailing helps empower kids and enrich their lives by teaching the real world practical skills of basic sailing and providing opportunities that challenge, build character and enhance personal growth.
The grant from the Bond Foundation helped provide a 2016 summer sailing program for school aged children at the Oconto Breakwater Park. The Foundation feels this program not only provides a fun activity for children of all ages, but also helps expose children to a sport they may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn.
On March 22, 2016, the Oconto Area Non-Profit Child Care was awarded an $11,424 grant from the Bond Foundation.
Established in 1993, the child care center serves children (ages six weeks to 12 years) from communities all over Oconto, Marinette and Brown counties. They currently provide care at two locations and are licensed to have 69 children. With nine staff members, they have over 92 years of teaching and childcare experience. The center is open year round and is the only state licensed group child care within the City of Oconto.
Their program has three main areas of focus: the child, the family and our community. The primary focus is on the child as a whole using developmentally appropriate experiences. All children are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential through self-awareness, confidence and self-worth.
The grant from the Bond Foundation was used to further the programs of Oconto Area Non-Profit Child Care and allow them to continue providing high quality care to the children and families of our community.
On April 14, 2015, the Bond Foundation awarded the City of Oconto Parks & Recreation Department a $4,000 grant to purchase the materials to build a boardwalk along the scenic River Trail at Copper Culture State Park. The scenic River Trail is a one-mile loop enjoyed by hikers, nature-lovers, and fisherman. A 200 ft. section of the park often interferes with these activities due to its tendency to accumulate water. The construction of the boardwalk ensured users access to trails in the park for jogging, walking their pets and educating their children about nature and the history of the Copper Culture people.
The project was completed by many volunteers and the Oconto Boy Scouts in conjunction with the Oconto Parks and Recreation Department and with the approval of the Wisconsin DNR. Oconto High School student, Graham Welch, was integral to the success of this project and used it to obtain his Eagle Scout status.
On December 2, 2014, the Bond Foundation awarded the Oconto County Historical Society (OCHS) a $250,000 grant to assist in the construction of the Carriage House. This project involved the construction of a 6,600 square-foot building as an addition to the George E. Hall Annex. The addition was to serve as home to OCHS’s collection of antique vehicles along with other popular exhibits.
OCHS began restoring vintage vehicles in September of 2012. The first vehicle to be restored was a Studebaker fringe-top surrey. Once the restoration was complete OCHS recognized the need for a place to display their collection of restored antique vehicles that included the necessary climate control and protection from animals. A fund drive began and included many donations, the largest being the $250,000 grant from the Bond Foundation. It was with this grant that OHCS was able to make the dream of building this addition real.
The Carriage House is more than just an exhibit space for restored vehicles. It also includes an ice sleigh used by local Norwegian fisherman, dugout and birch bark canoes believed to have been used by indigenous tribes, a four-foot model ship, an Oconto Brewery display and Stanley Toy Factory display among many others. The building also has a meeting room, warming kitchen, gift shop, restrooms and serves as the reception area for visitors to the Beyer Home museum.
The Bond Foundation is pleased to be able to help the OCHS in maintaining and preserving the history of Oconto.
On December 2, 2014, the Bond Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Oconto County Commission on Aging (OCCA) to purchase a van to be used for their food delivery program. OCCA was formed in 1979 to plan programs, initiate community action, and promote available support systems for the well-being and benefit of the elderly population of Oconto County. They provide a home delivery nutrition program, transportation services, and a benefit specialist program. OCCA is also the lead investigator for elder abuse in Oconto County.
The new van will assist OCCA to deliver meals to an average of 130 people per day. This ensures that the elderly population are receiving proper daily nutrition and helps them stretch their limited financial resources. The home delivery nutrition program often means the difference between independence and nursing home care or extended hospital stays because of malnutrition.
The Foundation is proud to support this vital Oconto County Program.