St. Thomas More School Thanks Patrons for School’s New Look

October 28, 2002

The 160 students and the staff of St. Thomas More Catholic elementary school will say a big thank you, presenting songs, gifts and certificates to patrons who “adopted” their school, as well as area businesses and workers who donated labor and materials for an extensive renovation of the school, including a refurbished library, remodeled entrance, painting, new offices and more:

Thursday, October 31, 2002
10:00 a.m.
St. Thomas More School
4265 4th St., SE, Washington, D.C.

St. Thomas More School, part of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Center City Consortium of inner-city schools, was adopted by local business leaders Jack Griffin and Joseph Horning who made a $1 million commitment for tuition assistance, technology and professional development, as well as physical improvements. The two then went beyond their own personal commitment to gather support from area businesses for the renovations.

Students in grades pre-K to 8 will honor Griffin and Horning as well as Chris Smith, chairman and CEO of William C. Smith & Co., Inc., who coordinated the renovation project. In addition, students will present thermoses as a sign of appreciation to workers from 15 subcontractors who staffed the project.

The more than $300,000 in renovations also include overhauled heating and cooling systems, resurfaced parking lot, repairs to bathrooms, improvements to the kitchen and painting throughout the 45-year-old school.

Seventy-five percent of St. Thomas More’s students are not Catholic; 99 percent are African American.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
[email protected]