On Thursday February 26, 2015 a ceremony was held at the Sorento Grade School to honor Thomas Baker as the winner of the Bond County Unit #2 Character Education Logo Contest. The 6th grader was awarded a cash prize of $50.
In December, the Bond County Character Education Board of Directors announced that they would be sponsoring the contest in order to produce a new logo that will be used throughout the district as a symbol of Character Education. Contributions were solicited from all of the schools in the district from Elementary to High School. Each school chose a finalist to be submitted to the Board of Directors for consideration. Those pieces were displayed at the High School prior to a boys’ basketball game on January 27, and the winning the art work was selected by the members of the Board of Directors on February 2.
The logo is a depiction of a Comet, the High School mascot, which is made up of the colors of all of the schools in the District; with red and gray representing the Sorento School, purple and yellow representing the Pocahontas School and blue and black representing the Greenville schools.
The incorporation of Character Education into the school curriculum is something that is required by Illinois law; however, there is no additional funding provided for this additional instruction. The Bond County Character Education Board was initiated by the efforts and funding of the late Fred Baumberger. The Character Ed Board of Directors continues to carry forward his legacy by providing funds, resources, and training to the educators and administrators of the Bond County Schools.