What is TRIP? TRIP, or Tuition Reduction Incentive Program, is a program in which families purchase gift certificates through Holland Christian Schools to shop at major food and retail stores. The stores sell the certificates at a discount. The school then sells the certificates at face value to participating families and credits their tuition account with the difference. The percentage of credit earned will vary from store to store; please click here for a detailed list of participating retailers. Anyone in the community can participate, including HC families, future HC families, grandparents, friends, etc., and designate their TRIP earnings to the account of a presently enrolled family, a future family, or to Holland Christian’s Tuition Grant Fund.
There is no cost to participate, but Holland Christian retains a small percentage of the credits to cover the operational expenses of the TRIP program. The gift cards supplied by TRIP are the stores’ actual gift cards. They are the same as cash; you can buy anything in the store that you would normally buy with cash, check, or credit card. Kohls will even allow you to use the gift cards to make payments on charge accounts.
If you move to one of the other Lakeshore Area Christian Schools (Zeeland Christian, Grand Haven Christian, South Olive Christian), Holland Christian will transfer your credit to their TRIP program.
TRIP uses volunteers to run this program. If you can volunteer a few hours a month to the program, we would appreciate your time.
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It’s easy to get started with TRIP! Complete the TRIP REGISTRATION(pdf). Turn your registration form in on Wednesday morning at a TRIP table, or you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit your first order (green form for instantly available TRIP or the blue form for preorders that take a week), or you can place your order online at any time at shopwithscrip.com. Additional order forms will be provided for you each time you pick up your TRIP order at the school. A complete list of participation retailers can be found at the link below.
You can turn in your order (blue form) to the TRIP mailbox at the school of your choice any time, or you can physically place an order on a Wednesday morning when TRIP is scheduled, or you can order your gift cards online by Wednesday 9 am, and your gift cards will be available for pick up the following Wednesday. Your envelope will include the certificates that you purchased, your purchase receipt, and another order form for you to use the next time you place an order, besides the weekly TRIP Clip newsletter offering temporary bonus percentages. You are also able to purchase Instant TRIP (green form) at a table at both Rose Park and HC High School. We have the most popular cards available for you to purchase in person there, although the stock is somewhat limited.
If you prefer to do more of your TRIP purchasing online and electronically than in person, you may find this TRIP BASIC 101 Brochure helpful, as it explains how to access and use the electronic programs of ShopWithScrip.com and MyScripWallet.com. You will need a school enrollment code that we are not allowed to publish online, but that you may obtain by either calling or emailing Kristi Lokker or Mary Wynia at the contact information below. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact either Mary or Maria at the TRIP office–they are very helpful at walking you through the process!
Kristi Lokker: 616.886.8678 or Mary Wynia: 616.834.3802
TRIP Office (Wednesdays only) 616.820.4070 or email@example.com
All TRIP orders must be dropped off at the school location you have chosen by you or your child on Wednesday for pick-up the following Wednesday.
Pick-up/drop off for Rose Park and the High School will be from 7:30-9:00 am at the school entrance. High School and Rose Park Instant Trip are available from 7:30-9:00 am. Middle School and South Side drop off and pick up are from 8:00-9:00 am. Pine Ridge has a drop box for students and teachers in the front office, though you should be sure to drop off on Wednesday no later than 9 am.
You must drop off and pick up your order at the school designated on your Registration Form. Orders that are not picked up will be held until the following week. If you cannot wait until the following Wednesday to pick up your order, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Periodically businesses will offer temporary additional percentages towards your tuition; you will be updated on these details through the weekly TRIP Clip newsletter which we email to you when you are registered with Holland Christian TRIP, or through our Holland Christian TRIP Facebook page.