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Why I Choose OC

by Justin Bonestroo ‘98

The Bonestroo Family

The Bonestroo family: Cally, Justin, and their two children: Claire, 5, and Case, 9 months.

Claire’s first day of school was bittersweet. She seems to be growing up so fast, and I wish time would slow down — she lost her first tooth the day before school started. However, I had so many great memories of my 13 years on campus, so I was very happy to see her begin making her own memories there. The night before her first day at Ontario Christian, I realized that she was starting exactly 30 years after my first day in Ms. Heuker’s class.

Justin Bonestroo

This photo was taken 30 years ago during Justin Bonestroo’s first day of school in Miss Heuker’s class. Sitting behind him were Derek Vander Eyk ‘98 and Rachel Jorristsma ‘98.

Even before our kids were born, there was no question that they would be going to OC one day. Cally and I have friends who can’t understand why we are always going to high school sporting events, or why we still spend so much time at my old school. They can’t relate to the sense of community at OC. I often explain it like a smalltown living in the middle of a larger one. I believe that I owe much of my success to the caring, Christian environment and excellent education that I received at OC. Teachers like Mr. Agema and Mrs. Hoekstra took time to encourage and push me. I’ll never forget the impact they made on me.



It’s important to us that our children receive a quality, Christ-centered education, and that they can feel the same sense of community that we feel. We can already see Claire blossoming, and as much as I want time to slow, we can’t wait to see what else is in store for her during her time at Ontario Christian.

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Ontario Christian has served the surrounding communities since 1944. Academic Excellence. Nurturing Environment. Christ-Centered Community. Ontario Christian Schools offers college-preparatory, Biblically-based curriculum for preschool through 12th grades.