WASHINGTON TERRACE -- Shop till you drop and you might just go bankrupt, but Bonneville High School's mall rats turned their retail frenzy into $10,000 for the school.
The student body won first place in the Newgate Mall's My School's Cool reward program. Mall officials presented the $10,000 cash award during an assembly Friday afternoon.
"Any chance we can get money to help out our school is a good thing," said senior Parker Daniels.
"Another drive in getting involved was the competition. Ogden High School is a rival of ours, and we really had to beat them."
The reward program is committed to building relationships between local schools and the Newgate Mall, said Brent Parkin, general manager of the mall in Ogden.
Each dollar students from participating schools spend at the mall earns his or her school a point. At the end of the competition, the mall awards a cash prize to the school that accumulated the most points.
In all, Newgate is donating $20,000 to local high schools in 2011 and $40,000 in 2012 to high schools and junior high schools, Parkin said.
The second-place winner this year will receive $5,000. Third place gets $3,000, and fourth place gets $2,000. Those schools will be announced later.
"We do not track names of those making the purchases," Parkin said. "To create a level playing field for schools of various sizes, the total purchase amount is divided by the number of students, and that amount is applied to the point total."
Members of the community can also document their receipts and have the totals applied to the school of their choice.
This year, Bonneville, Weber, Ogden, St. Joseph and Ben Lomond high schools participated.
Tami Zubal, secretary and program coordinator at Bonneville High School in Washington Terrace, said the money will be a great help to the school.
"This has been a really exciting event. Our principal, Art Hansen, wants to let the kids decide where the money goes because they're the ones who earned this."
Bonneville senior Taylor Stuart said several ideas have been tossed around.
"I think we should divide it up for the different organizations at the school and focus on the ones that really need it the most," she said.
Parker said he would like to see the money go toward work on the school's football field and maybe even create a scholarship.
"I think we should do something for the students, too. Maybe an ice cream party. Something small, but I think everyone should benefit."