STM Raises $35,000 on GivingTuesday for Teachers’ Wish List

December 9, 2021: St. Thomas More High School proudly announces that the school raised over $35,000 during its GivingTuesday campaign on November 30.

GivingTuesday provided supporters the opportunity to directly invest in St. Thomas More classrooms. Supporters “purchased” items and equipment – all selected personally by St. Thomas More teachers – by donating the estimated cost of that item through the school’s GiveSmart fundraising website. The school will now use these donations to acquire the requested equipment for teachers’ classrooms.

Items funded by donors on GivingTuesday include a laser engraver for our S.M.A.R.T. Manufacturing class, rights for our upcoming spring musical Pippin, a free-standing squat machine for our fitness center, and electrophoresis equipment for our biomedical science curriculum. Other donations will fund a water bottle filling station and a year’s supply of coffee for St. Thomas More teachers.

St. Thomas More promoted its GivingTuesday campaign through email, social media, and short YouTube videos from teachers and staff. In these videos, educators explained how their requested items would improve the student educational experience while making their own lives a little easier.

“Our biomedical science program has been growing rapidly over the past few years, and we’ve had to add sections for our classes, especially for freshmen,” St. Thomas More biomedical science chairperson Darlene Langhoff explained in her GivingTuesday message. Langhoff requested four additional electrophoresis packages, which students use to analyze DNA during lab experiments. With extra electrophoresis packages available, students can form smaller groups and gain more hands-on experience.

St. Thomas More has participated in the GivingTuesday movement since 2014, with donors contributing nearly $100,000 in total. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our alumni, parents, and other supporters, St. Thomas More has met its GivingTuesday fundraising goal each year, including surpassing the 2021 goal by more than $10,000.

“We are incredibly grateful for all the work our teachers do for our students, especially during the perpetual uncertainty caused by the pandemic,” St. Thomas More president John Hoch said. “The items funded through on GivingTuesday will provide important, supplementary investments in our classrooms, giving our teachers additional educational equipment beyond the general operating budget.”

To read more about St. Thomas More’s 2021 GivingTuesday campaign or to make a tax-deductible gift, please visit

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