Divine Mercy Catholic Academy offers a variety of fundraising programs to support school operations, PTO activities and athletic programs.
For support of PTO activities.
At DMCA, PTO underwrites class field trips, special parties, speakers, and many events that benefit all DMCA students.
Please contact our PTO officers or check our PTO Facebook page for info on current PTO activities.
For support of DMCA Athletics.
The DMCA Athletic Association works to defray costs of our various boys’ and girls’ sports programs.
Please contact our Athletic Association or coaching staff for info on current Athletic activities.
For support of the school: Optional school fundraising activities are offered as a way to keep DMCA tuition as low as possible.
Each family (not each student) is assessed a flat $800 ‘fundraising fee’ each year. This fee applies to families who have students in Kindergarten thru Grade 8. The fee may simply be paid outright along with tuition, or if a family so chooses, they may participate in selected fundraising activities which generate profit.
Each family’s profit dollars are then applied to the family’s $800 annual obligation.
Half of any excess profit over the family’s $800 minimum commitment is credited against the family’s tuition for the following school year.
Please click the tabs below for more info on our 2019-20 school fundraising options.
DMCA’s 2019-2020 SCHOOL Fundraising Options include the following:
Ongoing opportunities throughout school year:
SALE OF SCRIP
Divine Mercy offers a year-round SCRIP fundraising program. It is built around the purchase of SCRIP in the form of on-line currency or physical gift cards. SCRIP is used to pay for many things most people already buy – groceries, gas, clothing and more at participating merchants.
Our school earns a percentage on every SCRIP purchase. That money is then credited to each family’s $800 fundraising commitment.
SCRIP is an easy and convenient way for our families to reach their $800 fundraising goal, as SCRIP may be purchased and used not only by our families, but also by grandparents, friends, neighbors, and others to help families meet their $800 fundraising commitment.
Divine Mercy’s SCRIP program is administered by Great Lakes Script at www.ShopWithScrip.com. SCRIP may be used at hundreds of national and regional chains, including Walmart, Target, Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Home Depot, Disney, Panera, Starbucks, Giant Eagle, Amazon and more. The percentage earned varies from 2% to 16%, depending on the retailer. From time to time there are special seasonal promotions. Several local companies also participate in our DMCA SCRIP program.
The www.ShopWithScrip.com website has helpful information and several videos that explain the program in detail. Also, if you have questions, Theresa Facciani in our business office at Bishop McCort is our script coordinator. She can help you get started. You may reach her by phone (814) 536-8991 or by sending a message through the Contact Form on our website.
How to Purchase SCRIP:
Families may purchase SCRIP in the form of reloadable E-cards or as actual plastic gift cards. (Please note that SCRIP must be purchased as described below to earn DMCA fundraising credits. Gift cards purchased directly through retailers are not part of our SCRIP program.)
Our SCRIP program offers convenient reloadable E-cards. That means you can shop from your phone wherever you are. To get started:
- Visit www.Shop.ShopWithScrip.com/Login/Enroll
- Join the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy program with the Enrollment Code: A2D4E38A55115
- Follow prompts to link your bank account or credit card so you can purchase E-cards and reloads.
- SCRIP E-cards are available immediately.
- Save info to your cell phone like any other app for quick and easy access.
- Credits earned from E-card purchases are applied to a family’s fundraising obligation each month.
Check out these quick videos for more info on how to set up your ShopWithScrip.com account:
Our ShopWithScrip program offers on-line SCRIP from 750 national and regional retailers, including Giant Eagle and Sheetz. Click here for the full online list. SCRIP cards for local businesses are also available thru DMCA campus offices as well as St. Benedict, St. Clement and Our Mother of Sorrows parishes.
There are three ways to purchase physical SCRIP Gift Cards:
1. Purchase SCRIP Gift Cards at DMCA East and West Campus school offices:
- Drop off your completed scrip order form with your cash or check payment.
Click here to download and print DMCA’s East Campus SCRIP Card Order Form. If you pay by check at East campus, please make checks payable to St. Benedict parish. East campus orders will typically be ready within two school days. SCRIP Cards may then be picked up or sent home with your student.
Click here to download and print DMCA’s West Campus SCRIP Card Order Form. If you pay by check at West campus, please make checks payable to St. Clement parish. West campus orders submitted by Monday of each week will typically be ready the following Thursday. SCRIP Cards may then be picked up or sent home with your student.
- SCRIP is not yet available at the Bishop McCort office for our Middle School Grade 7 or 8 students.
- Credits earned from SCRIP Card purchases at DMCA offices are applied to a family’s fundraising obligation quarterly. In some instances, it may take longer.
2. Purchase SCRIP Gift Cards at St. Benedict, St. Clement and Our Mother of Sorrows parish offices or after weekend Masses:
- Cards may be purchased with cash or check only and are available immediately.
- You do not have to be a member of these parishes to purchase SCRIP Cards.
- You do have to designate DMCA and the name of the student at the time you purchase the cards.
- Credits earned from physical SCRIP Card purchases at the three churches are applied to a family’s fundraising obligation quarterly. In some instances, it may take longer.
3. Purchase SCRIP Gift Cards on-line at www.ShopWithScrip.com. Follow these steps:
- ‘Join a Program’ – Divine Mercy Catholic Academy
- Enter DMCA enrollment code: A2D4E38A55115
- Follow the prompts to set up your account.
- On-Line purchases of physical SCRIP Cards may be paid for via debit or credit cards. However, please note that physical cards purchased through ShopWithScrip.com will incur additional fees.
- Cards are typically delivered to your child’s campus within a few days and may then be picked-up or sent home with your student.
- Credits earned from the purchase of physical gift cards via com are applied to a family’s fundraising obligation monthly.
Tony's Sub Sale (October, November, December, 2019 and January, February, March, April, 2020)
Through the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, and April
Family fundraising return is $2 on every Tony’s Sub voucher.
Looking for a quick dinner and help your family fundraising fee? Tony’s Subs is the perfect solution. Vouchers will available at all three campuses. Each voucher entitles you to a freshly made Tony’s Sub. With the vouchers, you go to Tony’s Subs at 1346 Franklin St, Johnstown, and redeem your choice of premium sub:
Periodic or seasonal opportunities:
NFL Football Extravaganza (May, June, July, August, 2019)
Sale of NFL Extravaganza Tickets extends through the summer months, May through August. All tickets and monies are due on the first day of school in the fall.
Monetary prizes are then awarded throughout the NFL season. Click here to see winning ticket numbers as they become available.
Tickets sell for $20/each, and families earn $10 credit for each ticket they sell. Credits are then applied against each family’s annual fundraising commitment.
Every ticket has a unique combination of three NFL teams for each week of the 17-week NFL regular season (Thursday-Monday). Each week the final scores from each team are added together for the tickets’ final weekly score. (Bye weeks assume the final score the team had in the previous week.)
The ticket with the highest combination wins $500, second place $250, third place $100. The lowest score for the week wins $50. Cumulative scores are kept throughout the season and a
grand prize of $3,000 is awarded to first place. $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third place and $500 for the lowest scoring ticket of the season. If multiple tickets would win, then the prize money is split evenly among the winning tickets at that level.
Marianna's Hoagies and Pizzas (July, September/October 2019 and April, 2020)
Marianna’s Hoagies & Pizza are billed as the Fundraiser That Sells Itself!
Fundraising returns are $2 on pizza and $2 on subs.
Delicious hoagies and handmade pizzas make this an easy fundraiser for our families. Orders are taken on a colorful order form where you can tally your orders for transfer to a total order master sheet. Master sheets and one check made payable to DMCA are collected.
Hoagies are available to picked up on the day of scheduled delivery. Be sure to watch for volunteer sign-ups to help sort orders on delivery day.
ORDER MUST BE PAID IN FULL BEFORE IT WILL BE SUBMITTED.
Mrs. Fields Cookie Dough Sale (October, 2019)
Our Mrs. Fields Cookie Dough Sale will kick off on October 4, 2019.
Mrs. Fields cookies and baked goods are:
Ready in minutes
Thirty-two 1.25 ounce cookies per box.
Straight from freezer to oven
Made from wholesome, premium ingredients.
Zero grams trans fats.
Place-and-bake dough for dozens of cookies, just as you’d find in Mrs. Fields stores.
Keep frozen for up to one year or refrigerate for up to two weeks. Can be re-frozen as well. Baked cookies may be warmed in the microwave for up to 10 seconds or a 375-degree oven for 1-2 minutes.
Through the sale of cookie dough and magazines (available through online purchase) a percentage of your total sales will be credited toward your fundraising goals.
Pie Shoppe Sale (October, November, 2019)
DMCA’s sale of Laughlintown Pie Shoppe products will happen just in time for Thanksgiving in October and November, 2019.
Pie Shoppe dessert pies and pumpkin roll are crafted by master bakers and will be the perfect addition to your family’s Thanksgiving feast.
The pie flavors will include:
Chocolate Meringue Pie
Coconut Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Dutch Apple Pie
Wild Blueberry Pie
Fundraising returns are $2 pies and pumpkin roll.
MUST BE PAID IN FULL BEFORE ORDERS WILL BE SUBMITTED.
Christmas Wreaths and Chip Dips (November, December, 2019)
Through the months of November and December
In the time for the holiday season! We are introducing two new fundraisers!
These beautiful holiday wreaths are as traditional as Christmas itself! Our wreaths are all hand-made with the freshest Minnesota balsam fir. There are many different styles ofbeautiful wreath that will add a beautiful touch to your home or a wonderful Christmas gift!
These dips make a wonderful addition to a Christmas party or a gift for your friends and family. There are a variety of mixes such as savory, sweet, and so many more mixes and seasonings.
With the holiday wreaths and dips a certain percentage of your sales will be credited toward your fundraising goal.
Disney Trip Raffle (November, December, 2019 and January, February, 2020)
Win a Trip for 4 to Disney World!
Each ticket costs $10 with a $4 return credited to your family fundraising account for each ticket sold.
Purchase of ticket enters you to win the following:
Trip for 4 to Disney World
Includes: Round trip airfare, transfers to and from resort, 6 nights hotel accommodations, Disney’s Dining plan, and Disney’s Park Passes.
Winning ticket be drawn on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020.
MONEY MUST TO SUBMITTED WITH STUB RETURNS.
Race 4 Education (January, February, March, April, May, 2019)
Race 4 Education is an annual event for the entire DMCA student body which culminates in a walk/run for DMCA Education. This event is a fundraiser and much fun. It is a great way to meet the family’s $800 Fundraising Fee.
In January, participating students bring home a packet of information on the Race 4 Education, together with a page of donation solicitation mailing labels. (Additional label pages are available upon request).
Each family then prepares their own list of possible contributing sponsors, family, friends or businesses. Students then hand write those names and addresses to request sponsorship in the Race 4 Education. The completed Race 4 Education donation solicitations are returned to the school, students (in older grades) write personal requests, and then the solicitations are sent to family and friends via US Postal Service on or around March 1, 2020.
DMCA friends and family then answer the solicitation and send contributions to support their student in the Race 4 Education. 70% of all money collected by each family during the Race 4 Education will go toward their fundraising goal.
In May 2020, the school holds an all day Race 4 Education event with all students from all campuses. Parents are invited to a special Mass with Bishop Mark, and there are races and other fun activities for the students. Each family prepares their own list of possible family, friend or business contributors.
Easter Candy Sale (March, April-2020)
This year, Easter is Sunday, April 12th. To help you fill your Easter Basket, DMCA will be holding an Easter Candy Sale.
Blaine Boring Easter brochures/order forms will be distributed to participating students.
Families will receive a percentage of their total sales credited to their $800 annual fundraising commitment.
Candy will be delivered to respective campuses on the agreed upon delivery date.
YOUR ORDER MUST BE PAID IN FULL BEFORE IT WILL BE SUBMITTED.
Car Raffle (April, May-2020)
DMCA participates in St. Benedict Parish’s New Car Raffle, held each summer during the parish’s Annual Reunion. Tickets to win the new car are $10 each. $2 of EACH ticket sale will be credited to your family’s fundraising account and applied to this current school year.
In addition, for every 10 tickets your family sells, you will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Scholarship. Winner of the $500 scholarship will be drawn in July and applied to the 2020 – 2021 tuition.