Morrow Middle School students and staff show off the check they received from Southlake Mall officials Tuesday for winning the mall’s “My School’s Cool” contest.
MORROW It turns out teenagers can further their education by hanging out in the mall.It turns out teenagers can further their education by hanging out in the mall.
All they have to do is spend lots of money at Southlake Mall stores and turn in their receipts to officials at their school. It is part of the mall’s “My School’s Cool” contest, where area schools compete to see whose students, faculty, staff and parents can spend the most money at the mall.
The mall announced the winners Tuesday, and the Morrow Middle School community outpaced everyone else in the contest, including a few high schools, to win first place.
“Anybody that would give us receipts, we’d take them,” said Morrow in-school suspension facilitator Sylvia Skinner, who coordinated the school’s participation in the contest. She said the school has not decided what the prize money will be spent on, other than to decide it will go towards student programs.
Morrow Middle School received $10,000, while second place finisher Mundy’s Mill High School got $5,500, third-place Riverdale High School received $3,000 and officials from fourth-place Forest Park High School walked away with $1,500.
“Any amount of money is great and we’re glad to accept it,” said Riverdale agriculture teacher Sabrina Davis, who oversaw her school’s participation. “It can be as small as 50 cents, and we’ll put that 50 cents to use.”
The contest works by parents, faculty, students and staff turning their receipts from mall stores over to their school’s “My School’s Cool” coordinator. The coordinators make copies of the receipts and turn them over to mall officials who tabulate the scores. Every dollar spent equals one point in the contest.
“We’re extremely excited about the parental and student participation we had for this,” said Mundy’s Mill principal William Green. “We had a lot of people step up and turn in their receipts.” Mundy’s Mill will use its prize money for student and faculty recognitions, as well as school improvement projects, he added.