The Development Committee was established in 2004 to promote the recruitment and retention of students, to establish and grow an alumni association, and to build a solid financial future for our school in order to assist St. Thomas More Cathedral Parish in providing our children with a quality Catholic education at an affordable price.
The Development Committee works throughout the year under the direction of the Rector and Principal to sponsor Open House programs, reestablish ties with alumni, promote good news about our school, and to raise money for our school’s benefit. Members include the Rector, the School Principal, school parents, and other interested parishioners, and the PTO President. Members are appointed by and serve at the direction of the Principal in consultation with the Rector. The Development Committee is distinct from the PTO, but both share a common goal: the betterment of our school.
While the PTO is necessarily more focused on current school needs, the Development Committee, in addition to funding some current needs, seeks to promote strategic, long-range planning and to generate resources to advance our school's mission and services - ensuring quality, stability and growth for years to come. In particular, the Development Committee sponsors the Annual Fund, which provides an opportunity for parishioners, parents, alumni, and friends of St. Thomas More Cathedral School to provide financial support for special projects that would otherwise not be addressed.
In the past, Annual Fund gifts have been used to purchase interactive projectors* for our classrooms, enhance the school’s literacy library, provide grants to faculty members taking advanced reading and technology seminars, improve technology in our computer lab, and to provide scholarships to deserving students. In addition, a small portion of Annual Fund gifts were recently set aside to provide seed money towards the establishment of an endowment to assist with the long-term financial support for our school.
More information about our school’s Annual Fund can be found on our web site at “Giving” and “Annual Fund” and in our school’s Annual Report.
*Interactive projectors are touch-sensitive screens that are used by teachers and students in conjunction with a computer, to integrate video, animation, graphics and audio with traditional whiteboard functionality (writing, circling, highlighting, and labeling). Annual Funds gifts were also used to provide training to our faculty on integrating this groundbreaking learning tool into their lesson plans.