In an effort to be good stewards and to maximize our giving potential, our members have come up with a variety of creative ways people can contribute to St. Michael Lutheran School (SMLS) and Christ for Kids (CFK) Childcare Center.

TRIP – Tuition Reduction Incentive Program


Order gift certificates, get money back towards your tuition – It’s that easy!!!

Not familiar with TRIP? TRIP is a tuition reduction program that allows you to purchase gift cards for items you would already be buying, such as groceries, gas, restaurants, etc. A percentage of the purchase price (variable by vendor) is then refunded back to your tuition account, (minus 1%). You may also choose to have your refund donated to another family or to the general scholarship fund.

On the order form, you will see a % indicated by each merchant. You pay the full value of the gift certificate, then you will get the indicated % amount, (minus 1%), back in your tuition account! (The 1% is for administration expenses, which in part includes shipping cost and banking fees.)

Order a $100 Speedway gift certificate (at 4%).
Pay $100 for the certificate.
You receive $3.00 towards your tuition account.
Fund management receives $1.00.

Profits accumulate and are posted in your account in October and April. Please continue to make your regular tuition payments.

Order forms are available in the hallway by the school office. Both ordering and picking up is done in the school office.

Our TRIP program uses the services of Great Lakes SCRIP and Kalamazoo Scripcents. Visit or to view current lists of the participating stores and the percentage rates. TRIP orders are generally placed every other Friday by noon and filled orders available for pick up the following Friday afternoon. See the Trip Schedule for exact dates. For more information contact the school office.

SMLS CEF Excel in Giving Program

Please click here for the SMLS Excel in Giving Program application provided by Vanco.


Your employer (e.g., Pfizer) may very well match your contributions to St. Michael Lutheran School. Talk with your personnel department to find out.


This one is really easy. Just place your empty computer cartridges in the box outside the CFK entrance or school office and we can cash them in for $2 per cartridge!


Clipping those box tops adds up quickly. Just look for the Box Top$ for Education on your purchases and deposit them in the box located outside the CFK or school entrance.

D & W Community Days

Periodically, D & W will designate a 2 or 3 day period in which a percentage of all purchases made using the SMLS code are returned to the school. Watch for signs and check the weekly ad for dates and  the necessary code.


If you order from the Land’s End School Catalog and provide the school number (9000-7985-6) St Michael’s receives 3% of the sale toward a designated project. Ours goes to the scholarship fund. (The logo number is 0266745k). You can also purchase your order with Lands’ End TRIP.