Community service is an important part of the Catholic faith tradition and an important part of an STM Catholic education. The School encourages students to put their faith into action in accord with Catholic social teaching - respecting the sanctity of life and dignity of others, responding to the call to participate in the family and community, placing priority on the needs of the poor and the most vulnerable in society, building unity among people, and caring for God’s creation. In addition to opportunities for involvement through various parish ministries and projects, including those of the youth ministry, STM Catholic students collectively run the parish Children’s Charity Fund. Academically qualified students are also invited to participate in the Beta Club, a leadership and service organization at the school.
The STM Catholic Beta Club is local chapter of the National Beta Club, a leadership and service organization headquartered in Spartanburg, SC. Our Beta chapter is open to students in the 6th–8th grades. To qualify, students must have at least a 3.25 GPA and three teacher recommendations. Presently we have about 70 participating Beta members and two faculty sponsors. The Beta club promotes leadership by serving our school, parish and community. Beta service projects include:
Writing teacher appreciation notes for the staff retreat and decorating our school for Veteran’s Day;
Supporting our Parish by collecting food for STM “Feeding Our Friends,” collaborating with the Special Religious Education teachers;
Christmas reindeer treats to our preschoolers;
“Winter Warmth Drive” to collect winter clothing for Catholic Charities;
Visiting assisted living and memory care facilities;
- Easter project for preschoolers; and
- A summer book drive to support struggling local Catholic schools.
Middle School Service Hours
We are a stewardship community. There are opportunities throughout the school year for our Middle School students to take part in community service in school. We also require our students to help those in need outside of STM Catholic community by doing service for others. The requirement is: 6th grade = six (6) hours; 7th grade = nine (9) hours; and the 8th grade = twelve (12) service hours.
Children’s Charity Account
The Children's Charity Account has been set up to help educate the children and the youth at St. Thomas More Parish about the gifts of Stewardship. When recognizing that all of our gifts truly belong to God, we can help the children and youth see the entire process of stewardship through time, talent and treasure. This account serves to encourage the young people to tithe through weekly Sunday envelopes. STM Catholic also donates to this account through a tithe made from the annual fund-raising event, which is for their specific use. The money received is strictly used for charity. Each Faith and Academic Formation branch will receive a budget for the year, for the Children's Charity Account.
The children and youth are encouraged to learn about different service organizations that might need financial assistance. Requests are then made by the children and youth to offer their treasure to these organizations.