Coordinators: Judy Rogala (708-895-3836,
cell 708-227-3852) and Denise Johnson
is essentially a personal fundraising program
that doesn't require you to sell anything
or purchase items you really don't need. Instead,
you buy gift cards and certificates through
St. Ann School for the places you already
patronize: grocery stores, retail establishments,
gas stations and other service providers,
and restaurants. The cards work the same as
cash and can be used to make purchases and,
in some cases, pay off store credit cards.
(Please refer to the chart for specific information
on each store or restaurant). The school is
able to purchase the cards at a discount,
you pay face value for them, and the difference
is deposited in you T.R.I.P account-which
then goes toward your tuition payments.
How do I order T.R.I.P. Certificates?
A new blue registration form must be completed
each year by every school family (regardless
of previous participation). Orders are processed
at school every Monday morning, and ready
for distribution on Thursday. The blue form
can be turned in with your first order. Once
you register and place an order, you will
then receive your permanent T.R.I.P. envelope,
which should be used every week when you order.
Simply fill in the dollar amount (not the
number) of certificates you need for each
store and total your order. Please check the
accuracy of your order. Exchanges or refunds
cannot be made-all sales are final. Payment
can be made by cash or check payable to St.
Ann School T.R.I.P. There will be a $20.00
service charge on any returned checks.
Should you forget to send your order in
with your child on a given Monday, it must
be in the T.R.I.P. office no later than 9:00
a.m. to be processed for the week. We do not
place orders on weeks when there is a Monday
You may choose to have your order sent home
with your child or held for pick-up. If the
certificates are to go home with a student,
the disclaimer on the registration form under
Part D must be signed and on file with us.
This disclaimer will be valid until we receive
written notice from you that you no longer
want certificates to be sent home with your
child. If a disclaimer is not signed, your
certificates will be held for pick-up at the
T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed every
Thursday prior to dismissal. Any order marked
"HOLD" will be available for pick-up
after 2:30 p.m. at the School Office. When
you receive your T.R.I.P order, please verify
the contents of the envelope with your order
immediately. This will help us track any problems
that could possibly occur. Problems should
be directed to Denise Johnson. Failure to
do so in a timely manner only makes a problem
harder to track. These certificates are just
like cash. Neither St. Ann School nor the
T.R.I.P. Program can accept responsibility
for lost or misplaced certificates.
Backorders. From time to time we have
experienced backorders with our suppliers,
particularly around the holidays. In most
cases, we will have the certificates by the
next week's pick-up date. If part of your
order is a backorder, you will be notified
of the type of certificate, and the dollar
amount. Your backorder will then be processed
as it was originally stated (pick-up or send
with child), and sent with any new order.
When placing an order, please help us process
your order as quickly as possible by:
- Always using the correct envelope and
order form. The school office has extra
order forms if you need them.
- Completing all information, including
your child's teacher and grade, your T.R.I.P
ID number, and your check number.
- Filling in dollar amounts (not number)
of certificates needed, and making sure
your total order matches your payment.
- Remembering to check Hold for Pick-Up
or Send with Student. If one of these is
not checked, it will be held for pick-up.
How is your tuition lowered? There
is no limit to the number of certificates
you can buy each week. The more certificates
you purchase, the lower your tuition payment
will be. You do not have to place an order
every week. You can order as often as suits
your shopping and dining needs.
Remember to ask your family, friends, neighbors
and co-workers to buy certificates through
you, just as you would ask for their support
on other fundraisers. If you include their
order with yours, they will not need to complete
a Registration Form. You would simply indicate
their order on your order form. Their payment
can be made just like yours, either in the
form of cash or a check made payable to St.
Ann T.R.I.P. In other words, a single order
may include multiple checks from different
parties or a combination of cash and checks.
Credit earned through T.R.I.P. will be applied
to your tuition account on September 1st,
January 1st, and April 1st. Any credits earned
after March 1st will be credited in September
for the following school year. You may opt
for an annual credit, which will be applied
to your contract in a lump sum at registration
for the next school year. Any amounts exceeding
your current tuition balance will be held
over until the following school year. You
must stay current with your tuition payment
or late fees will apply.
Credit balances of families leaving St. Ann
School for any reason (including graduation
of last child in school, moving or transferring
schools) will be deposited in the St. Ann
School Tuition Assistance Fund, or can be
designated to another family of their choosing.
No refunds will be made!
Can Non-School families participate?
Friends of St. Ann School can participate
in the program by purchasing certificates
and crediting the account of a particular
family, or funds can be directed to the St.
Ann School Tuition Assistance Fund.
Parents looking to the future and planning
for the Catholic education of their child/children/grandchildren
at St. Ann's can also participate. Credits
earned will be held by St. Ann School and
will be applied as a tuition credit when the
child is enrolled at St. Ann. If the child
does not end up enrolling in St. Ann School,
the credit earned will be put into the St.
Ann School Tuition Assistance Fund.
NEW THIS YEAR! Should you find yourself
needing T.R.I.P certificates on a non-ordering
week, or you realize you forgot to order something,
the St. Ann Parish Office now carries an inventory
of our most popular offerings, including local
groceries, gas, entertainment and retailers.
You can purchase these on a cash and carry
basis, and the credits will still be applied
to your account. Call the Parish Office for