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Life Pro-Tip: Sign Up For Scrip

Let’s face it: raising money for our school is hard. After a week of stress, toil, and sleep deprivation, the very thought of going out to the Falcon 5K can make us want to crawl back into our beds. The now-discontinued magazine drive was hardly less exhausting; why spend time selling magazines when there’s homework […]

Let’s face it: raising money for our school is hard. After a week of stress, toil, and sleep deprivation, the very thought of going out to the Falcon 5K can make us want to crawl back into our beds. The now-discontinued magazine drive was hardly less exhausting; why spend time selling magazines when there’s homework waiting to be finished and TV shows waiting to be watched?

Like many of his busy classmates, David “Doc” Cook (‘19) has never participated in the Falcon 5K Fun Run. His reasoning is simple: he’s too tired.

“I do a lot of school stuff, and at the end of the week, I don’t have the energy to go on the Fun Run,” he said candidly.

But what if raising money for your school wasn’t so difficult? What if you could support your school with your everyday activities — without having to squeeze any extra work into your schedule?

With the Scrip program, you can do just that.

Organized by Ms. Donna Adam and the Lasallian Parent Ambassadors, the Scrip program allows parents and faculty to support the school with their everyday shopping. When you shop using Scrip gift cards, a portion of the money you spend goes to Christian Brothers High School. Revenue raised from the Scrip program is used to put on events dedicated to welcoming parents to our school.

What’s great about the Scrip program is that you don’t have to change your daily shopping routine. Plenty of high-profile companies, from Shell to Burger King to Walmart, accept Scrip gift cards. And if driving to a store is too much work for you, you can support your school from the comfort of your own home; iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play all participate in the Scrip program.

Unfortunately, few Falcons are aware of the Scrip program. When I asked 21 members of the Talon Staff to raise their hands if they knew that Christian Brothers High School participated in the Scrip program, three hands went up (“You mean, like, script?” asked David Garza (‘18)). When I told the students to lower their hands if they only knew about the program because they had heard me talking about my article, zero hands remained in the air.

Ms. Adam is well aware of this problem, and she’s doing everything she can to fix it.

“I’m getting the word out through Friday night e-mails and Schoology messages [and] holiday specials, but I just want to educate more parents that we have this opportunity in place,” she explained. “For us to raise more revenue, it would be beneficial if we could get the word out.”

So how can we make the Scrip program more effective? Let me rephrase that: how can you make the Scrip program more effective?

By the time you’ve reached this part of the article, I’m hoping you’ve seriously considered participating in the Scrip program. If you want to register (and you should), go to Christian Brothers High School’s website, put your cursor over the “Parents” header, and click “Scrip Program.” There, you’ll find instructions for getting started with the Scrip program. Once you follow those instructions, you’ll be able to support your school just by living your life.

Of course, one person registering won’t make a difference. But one person getting a bunch of friends to register will. So once you’ve registered with Scrip, go out there and, in the words of Ms. Adam, “Get the word out!”

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