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.
- Habitat For Humanity
- St. Joseph Diner
- Toys for Tots
- Holy Family Catholic School Tutoring
As part of a school-wide service project, STM students participated in a canned good drive, to help stock the pantry at St. Joseph Diner. Each homeroom class built structures out of cans, also known as Canstruction. This year's theme "Hunger is No Game" proved to be an exciting one as structures were built around board games or sporting events. Representatives from Lafayette Catholic Services served as the judges for the classroom competition.
Canstruction Coordinator, Mrs. Shannon Phillips said, "Through the great generosity of our students, faculty and staff, we collected 17,000 cans. Our donation each year is the single largest St. Joseph Diner receives and it helps to get them through to the holidays".
With the help of our football team, Coach Strother, Mr. Littell and Mrs. Phillips, all 17,0000 cans were transported from STM to the St. Jospeh Diner.
The following classroom winners were announced at our Academic Pep Rally:
Best Overall Structure - Front office staff and teachers without a homeroom
Tallest Structure - Mr. Wes Cortese
Best Use of Classroom Space - Mrs. Debbie Landry
Best Use of Special Effects - Options Program
Most Creative - Tie (Mrs. Melanie Lauer and Cougar Cast)
Most Cans Collected - Mrs.Ramona Hebert
Most Cans Used in Structure - Mrs. Shawnessy Bloom
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."