Grand prize winner from Riverside West Elementary

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Shelby Atkinson, kindergarten student at Riverside West Elementary, was the grand prize winner of the School Mall drawing. She and her family will receive an all expense paid trip to DisneyWorld. Pictured with her is her teacher, Ronna Qualls. Ms. Qualls received a $500 gift card to spend for her classroom. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Does anyone really receive a grand prize? The answer is yes! Shelby Atkinson, a kindergarten student at Riverside West Elementary, is the grand prize winner of the School Mall drawing.

Principal LeAnn Harrell made the announcement at an assembly May 19. When Shelby heard the news she had won the $5,000 Disney World trip she was excited as were her friends and teachers.

For years Riverside students have participated in fundraising through the School Mall program. Students send friends and family cards inviting them to purchase magazines.

Students receive prizes and tee shirts and the school gets a monetary gift each year.

“We have always heard when you participate your name is entered and each participant will have the opportunity to win the grand prize,” DeAnna Phillips, Riverside West secretary, said. “We have participated in the program for many years. We had no idea that one day one of our own would win the drawing. After all, 5,100 schools are involved in the drawing nationwide. A lot of students are involved."

The program, School Mall, Reading for Education, is a fund raiser for schools across the country.

Shelby won an all expense paid trip to DisneyWorld for her family. The Atkinsons will be flown to Florida and stay at one of Disney's resorts. Shelby will also receive $1,000 to spend.

In addition to the family's gift, her teacher, Ronna Qualls, received a $500 gift card to use for her classroom. Her school received $365.50.

Shelby is the daughter of Jonathan and Holli Atkinson. She has a brother, Taylor. They are looking forward to their trip to Disney.

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