4500 Forever reaches $30 million mark

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By Chris Reul
Eagle Staff

Senior Carson Storie offers a testimonial speech at one of the 4500Forever open house presentations at the HISD High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice last spring. To date, St. Thomas has raised a total of $30 million. Photo by Keith Calkins
Senior Carson Storie offers a testimonial speech at one of the 4500Forever open house presentations at the HISD High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice last spring. To date, St. Thomas has raised a total of $30 million. Photo by Keith Calkins

November 2013, St. Thomas won the bid to

buy the High School for Law Enforcement and

Criminal Justice campus. To many it seems

that St. Thomas may have over stepped its

budget, but the $60 million mile mark can be

reached with alumni support.

St. Thomas has been very successful in raising

money for the 4500 Forever campaign so far, reaching the halfway point through the generous

donations from more than 700 donors.

President Rev. Kevin Storey, CSB is excited about the progression towards the donation goal.

“It means that the whole community is behind this, the amount is staggering and we have never

raised anywhere even close to half of this amount in four times the amount of time.”

Over the past few school years student enrollment has gone up overwhelmingly. With the amount of

students currently attending St. Thomas and the increasing amount of new applicants, a strategic

planning committee has realized the need to expand the campus to allow the maximum amount of

students to be able to receive the best catholic education in Houston.

“The student body is growing by an average of 25 students a year. We are about 750 students and we

should be around a thousand students by the year 2026,” Storey said.

Because of the twenty-five percent growth that is predicted to happen over the span of the next few

school years, the decision to buy the North Campus is a very smart move by St. Thomas.

An important fact to point out is that the majority of the current students will not be around when the

North Campus is completed. However, the students can still use some of the land for intramural

programs, as well as using the swimming pool, auditorium and the second gym as early as the week

after October 15, the closing date to hand over the sixty million dollars to HISD.

Current students will not be able to spend much time in the new campus. This could pose as a threat

to the 4500 Forever foundation. However, Storey does not think that this will be an issue in raising

the second half of the funds, “There are a lot of people on the outside getting on board, seeing what

we have accomplished,” Storey said.

With more people seeing what St. Thomas has accomplished throughout the first half of the 4500

Forever campaign more people are beginning to believe in St. Thomas’ ability to raise the second

thirty million.

“Unlike the majority of people, I think that raising the second thirty million will be easier than the

first $30 million,” Storey said.

The purchasing of the North Campus will definitely be a historic land mark in the 114 year history of

St. Thomas. Although the North Campus will not have a big impact on current students, it will be a

major improvement to the St. Thomas community and secure the school’s future for the next 100

years.

 

 

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Christopher Reul is a senior at St. Thomas High School. He is the 8th person in his family to attend STH. He likes long walks down the beach, bubble baths, and a good poem. He is the student life editor, and is prepared to 'House of Cards' Cuccia out of his position. He enjoys taking trips and hiking through the Rocky Mountains.

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