Breakfast celebrates value of St. Thomas education


by Jeff Barnwell
Eagle Staff

The sixth annual Basilian Tradition Breakfast was held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Houstonian for the school community and supporters of the Annual Fund.

The principal purpose of the breakfast is to thank generous donors, as well as show how their donations make an impact.

In his short speech during breakfast, President Rev. Ronald Schwenzer, C.S.B. explained that there is approximately a $1,200 difference between the actual cost to educate a single student and the cost of tuition.

The Annual Fund enables the school to make up the difference each year. It also helps pay for other various school expenses.

“[A St. Thomas education] is not only an education for life, it’s a way of life,” said Schwenzer, describing the value of the Basilian education.

A video featuring a number of seniors including Jonathan Oggero, Trevor Lewis and Danny Amsler was presented as well. In the video, the students testified why they are thankful for the donations to the annual fund.

They explained the value of receiving a Basilian education and how the annual fund makes this possible.

“I’m able to have friends from every zip code,” Lewis said in the video.

A heartfelt testimonial was given by George Oggero, class of 2000.

Oggero explained that he believes there are three reasons that St. Thomas has been able to educate so many over the years.

The first reason, he believes, is the Basilian Fathers, who continue to teach goodness, discipline and knowledge.

The second is the students, and the third is the parents, who give support not only financially, but also with their time.

“I truly cannot explain what is special about St. Thomas,” Oggero said.

With the help of countless generous donors each year, St. Thomas will be able to continue providing exemplary educations for many years to come.