Spend up now to win big prizes

STAFF, parents and students at Appin Public School have one message for those gearing up to take part in this year's My Macarthur School's Challenge: Game on.

The school community — which took out the top cash prize of $10,000 in last year's challenge — had vowed to shop until they drop again to raise money for their school, principal Vicki Walsh said.

"As the defending champions how could we not?" she said.

"I hope in 10 years' time we're the undefeated champions."

This will be the fourth year that Macarthur Square, backed by the Advertiser and Campbelltown Catholic Club, has run the challenge to help raise money for local schools.

This year, 28 Macarthur primary and high schools will take part in the challenge between now and Monday, July 16. The $40,000 prize pool will provide 10 schools with funding for new technology, playground upgrades and teaching resources.

Ms Walsh said the school spent last year's winnings on a vegetable garden, a dance program for students and new classroom technology. "For a little school like ours it was a big boost to our budget," she said. "Our parents and the whole Appin community get behind us 150 per cent."

¦ To take part, and support your own local school, supporters simply need to present shopping dockets from Macarthur Square to the customer service desk on level one to redeem one point per dollar spent for their chosen school.

A live tally board will show how your school is ranked each day. Regular tally updates will also feature on the Macarthur Square website and iPhone App, Macarthur Square Facebook page and in the Advertiser.

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