Shop with Scrip!
Raising Funds Without Fundraising: Keeping Children’s Education Affordable
What is Scrip?
Scrip is an easy way to raise money for St. Mary Catholic School without selling anything. Companies sell gift cards to the school at a reduced rate. The school then sells the cards to you at face value, and the school keeps the difference as profit. For example: Giant Eagle will sell St. Mary Catholic School a $100 gift card for $95. The school will then sell you the $100 gift card at face value and you have access to the full amount when you go the store. You earn money for the school by spending the money that you spend already! The only thing extra to do is make sure you have ordered your Scrip.
Why Should I Use Scrip?
St. Mary Catholic School is the only school in the entire Diocese of Steubenville that is supported by a single parish church. The parish subsidizes the school almost $200,000 a year. Scrip raises money for the school just by spending the money you already do on groceries, gas, dining out, shopping, and various forms of entertainment. There are over 700 different businesses that make use of the Scrip program.
How Much will the School Earn?
The earning potential is unlimited! Take a look at this chart to see how much just one family can contribute to the school, just by making wise use of their finances by using the Scrip program. Note: rebate percentages are subject to change. Current percentages are viewable on the RaiseRight app.
If the roughly 1000 families of the basilica parish made use of this program to its fullest,
we could collectively raise over $1,000,000 for the school a year without any fundraising!
Can my friends and parents use this program?
Yes! All they need is the online school code. They can even direct their purchases to a specific child’s tuition. Even if your family lives in California, if they have the online code, they can make use of scrip and help the school and lower a child’s tuition.
How Does This Help Me?
One of the big questions is how does Scrip benefit me? One way is by keeping tuition lower than what it actually costs to educate a child (roughly $6,000 a year). This also lowers the needed parish subsidy. If you funnel all of your various and sundry yearly expenses through the scrip program, you could potentially eliminate your entire child’s tuition for the year. Also, by being creative, you can get yourself free gas by using the FuelPerks program at Giant Eagle. Through the ease of being able to buy Scrip online and have access to an E-Certificate in minutes, either on your computer or on your phone, there is no need to worry about picking up the gift cards or going to school to get them. Helping the school is literally right at your fingertips, just for doing things that you already do!
How do I order Scrip?
From Your Phone with the RaiseRight App:
Shop gift cards from more than 750 top brands—right from your phone. Whether you’re at home or at the store. Get started with on-the-go fundraising that creates opportunities for the people that matter most to you.
- Create a new account or sign in with your same ShopWithScrip username and password
- If you are creating a new account, Click Join a Program
- You will be prompted for the School Code: 674731D61842
- You may also designate a student to receive the benefits of this program.
- Access your gift cards right away (use on-line or in person)
- Check out with payment information already saved to your account
- Bonuses of using the RaiseRight app
- Your RaiseRight wallet shows the remaining balance on each card.
- You can send eGifts to people through email
- Allows you to reload physical gift cards for certain vendors through the website (May take up to 24 hours)
Order through the School Office:
A limited number of local business cards are in stock in the school office. Giant Eagle will always be in stock in the school office, but The Original Pizza Place, Greenleaf Landscapes and Teri Ann’s are in stock and available for purchase anytime. You may call the school office at 740-374-8181 to order the local cards and can pay by check or cash for them.
For More Information
We are always looking for more parents to become Scrip Experts and Evangelizers – or Scriperts. Contact Jenny Altenburger at the school office (740-374-8181).