MANNA is a gift card buying program that allows each parent the opportunity to receive a percentage of the credit on the cards purchased to help pay the registration fee for the following year. The program involves a 50/50 split of that percentage between the parent and the school.
The program works as follows: Each parent can purchase gift cards at face value from the order sheets the school provides. This is just like buying gift cards in stores wherever they are offered. The difference is that the percentage give-back from the gift card distributor is given to the school who will give half of the credit back to the buyer on their account for registration and half will go to the school's scholarship fund. This fund offers financial assistance for additional students to benefit from St. John's program even though tuition may have otherwise kept them from attending. Each participant in the MANNA program can choose to take the 50% credit for themselves or give it to the scholarship fund.
Participation is, of course, optional. Order forms are always available in the school office, and ordering can be done as often or as seldom as needed. Orders need to be dropped off to the church or school office by Friday of each week with a check made payable to St. John's Lutheran School Manna. Gift cards are then available for pickup the following Tuesday.