Overview

Teaching children to look beyond themselves, see others in need, and respond to those needs is a commitment of St. Thomas. St. Thomas students learn to share the richness they have received in having an excellent education, exposure to the arts, training in technology, and so much more. They are nurtured in an outreach mentality as they are surrounded by adults – parents, administrators, teachers, and clergy – who are committed to outreach; by student opportunities for involvement throughout the year; and by parish outreach supported by both school and church.

Nominate an Outreach Project

Last spring, after much discussion at by the Advancement Committee, the idea of an Outreach Council was born. The purpose of this Parish wide Council is to organized and govern our institution’s many request for assistance from community, and to join the volunteer forces of the church, the school, and our children. The council is made up of the leadership and representatives from the church, the school, the Parents Association, and the student council. The Outreach Council meets to decide which projects St. Thomas will support in the coming year. We welcome your suggestions. If you would like to propose an outreach project to be considered for the 2016/2017 school year, please fill out the form at this link.

Projects will not be considered without the completion of a form. You may turn in the form to the church or school office and it is due September 9, 2016. No Exceptions!  In mid-September, please look for the upcoming announcement of the wonderful ways we will focus our Outreach Efforts this coming year.

Outreach at St. Thomas

The School and Church, working with the Parents’ Association, sponsors significant outreach projects during the school year. An environment of caring is created for St. Thomas children so that outreach becomes the norm. Outreach in 2015-16 included:
 
  • St. Francis Coin Drive raised Caring Coins to sponsor and support children at the Zanmi Beni Children’s Home in Haiti ($4,229)
  • Thanksgiving Outreach Food Drive, which raised fund to purchase Sedanos gift cards for the 100 families at Holy Comforter Daycare Center ($2,385)
  • Toy Drive for Holy Comforter Daycare, which provided Christmas toys for more than 100 children
  • Additional dollars raised for Holy Comforter ($7,090)
  • Hope Tote Toiletry Drive, which provides toiletries for The Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, an organization that cares for the poorest in Miami's inner city and currently operate a shelter for homeless women and children, living on the street, in a car, or in an abandoned building.
  • Annual School Uniform/Supply Drive, which collected polo shirts, shorts, and backpacks at the end of the year to distribute through the Chapman Partnership
  • Chapman Partnership for the Homeless ($910)
  • Our own St. Thomas Church Youth Group ($300)

Student Council, 5th Grade, and Kindergarten Outreach Projects

Each year, the Student Council presents potential outreach recipients and students vote on the ones to receive contributions. They donate money they have made and sponsor “dress down days” and other fundraisers to be able to give. Student donations and projects in 2015-2016 included:

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Wade’s World
  • Live Like Bella Foundation
  • Chapman Partnership (for homeless people)
  • Kindergarten children at Avocado Elementary School
  • Holy Comforter Episcopal Church  
  • Paws for You, an animal rescue
  • Kindergarten Easter baskets for Holy Comforter Daycare Center
  • Senior Day at Holy Comforter

Parish-wide Projects Supported by School Families

In addition to outreach projects directed by the school, the church sponsors outreach projects that include the entire parish. In 2015-16 these included:
  • Feeding the Homeless through the Chapman Partnership, a program wherein school and church families go to the shelter downtown to feed dinner to residents
  • Suits for Success, a parish project which, with help from school moms, delivered over 300 garments to the Chapman Partnership and helped residents put outfits together