Bond Foundation donates $30,000 to Nurse’s Nook

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Times Herald Staff


Nuala Nowicki launched the Nurse’s Nook program in her role as a Prevea Health school nurse for the Gillett School District, and it has grown into a partnership that also includes HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and two other school districts. (Contributed photo)

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

Nurse’s Nook provides aid to children in need in the Gillett, Suring and Oconto Falls school districts. Aid provided includes basic needs items, nonperishable 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 Nowicki 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 volunteers and donors who dedicate time and effort to collecting supplies, operating the program and helping children in need.

“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,” Nowicki said.

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.