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.