St. Thomas More Campus Ministry is focused on putting our Catholic faith into action by not only serving our school, but also the Lafayette community. Our campus ministers are actively giving back to the Lafayette community in many ways. During service training, each campus minister serves at St. Joseph's Diner during the summer and continues to serve the diner in various ways throughout the school year. In addition to our continuous service projects, Campus Ministry takes on several large service events a year. Every Spring, the Junior class puts on a festival called HopeFest that raises funds for a charity of their choice and the St. Thomas More Options program.
Through the efforts of STM's school-wide service project, St. Joseph Diner has a stocked pantry to help feed those in need. CANstruction Coordinator, Mrs. Shannon Phillips said, "We decided to increase our goal this year from 11,000 to 12,000 cans. With great generosity, our students, faculty and staff responded to the challenge, by collecting a total of 12,777 cans."
Classroom competitions were held with the canned goods and representatives from Lafayette Catholic Services served as the judges. This year's theme - Cougars! Cans! Action!proved to be an exciting one with structures built around movie scenes. The classroom winners were announced at our Academic Pep Rally and awarded a donut breakfast. The winners include:
Best Overall Structure – Options, Room 808
Best Structure within the Theme – Mrs. Riehl, Room 301
Best Use of Classroom Space – Mrs. Lauer, Room 106
Best Use of Labels – Mrs. Guillory, Room 302
Tallest Structure – Coach Pry, small gym
Most Detailed Structure - Mrs. Ardoin, Room 103
Most Cans Collected (950 cans) – Coach Broc Prejean, Room 104
Most Cans Used in a Structure (722 cans) - Ms. Heidi and the front office
Fan Favorite – Mrs. Philips, Room 807
“L” Award – Mrs. Miholic
Campus Ministry Director, Lance Strother states, "Habitat for Humanity provides an excellent match for our students, allowing them to give hands-on service to our community and to have a firsthand look at its needs." Coach Strother adds, "our students truly appreciated the opportunity with Habitat and found it to be a very full and rewarding day. We look forward to continued service with Habitat for Humanity with site builds here at STM and many construction builds around Lafayette."
As part of a school-wide service project, St. Thomas More Catholic High School donates new toys to Toys for Tots of Acadiana every year. The effort is organized through our social studies department .
Local volunteer John Woods, states, “St. Thomas More is one of the largest contributors to the Marine Corps efforts for Toys for Tots of Acadiana. We are very grateful for the generous donations we receive each year."