St. Thomas More is proud to promote a community service spirit amongst its students and hosted its 14th annual Community Outreach Day. April is National Volunteer Month, and on April 13, St. Thomas More students did their learning work outside the classroom.
Each class was assigned a specific destination with specific task to complete. The day began with Mass followed by an assembly in the gym before students embark on their class’s specific project. Examples of this year’s efforts included: making blankets and helping at Bethlehem House, volunteering for the day with Omaha Nursing Care Center, Open Door Mission, Nebraskans United for Life, Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home, as well as cleaning up around St. Thomas More School and neighborhood.
Following their service, students wrote a reflection of the day’s experiences before the school gathered again for an afternoon assembly.
“This is a very meaningful day and tradition for our school,” said Gary Davis, principal at St. Thomas More Catholic School. “This is all about serving others—and inspiring others to serve as well,” he continued.
“Our school staff and families put a lot of work into this day, the experience of which leaves our student volunteers with lasting life skills. On this day, students learn how to focus on the needs of people in the community by doing small projects to help them,” said Davis.
As part of the school’s Community Outreach Day in April, the pre-school classes collected peanut butter and jelly all month long. The classes were able to collect 76 jars of peanut butter and jelly! The collected items will be distributed between the following: St. Thomas More Home Bound Parishioners, Bethlehem House, and the Stephen Center. Way to go, pre-schoolers! What a great way to "spread the love" & #awakengreatness