Merced Mall to hold 9th annual cash-for-schools ceremony May 21

Merced Mall said it will hold its Shop$mart for Schools ninth annual awards ceremony May 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Merced Mall Center Court.

The mall said its cash-for-schools program gives community K-8 schools simple ways and means to earn additional funds while shopping.

Points are also earned through actions other than shopping -- participating in the mall's community events, community services, and school spirit/monthly bonus point options, the mall said in a news release.

Since 2002, the mall said it has given more than $100,000 to schools in need of funding sources.

This year's Shop$mart program is providing cash awards totaling $18,000 to 19 participating schools. Complete program information is available at www.MercedMall.com, by clicking on the Shop$mart banners on the News & Events or Sales & Promotions pages.