A Way to Give Back During Back to School Season

No one enjoys those few weeks before school starts when you have to go to one store for shoes, one for clothes, another for a backpack and yet another for a new pair of glasses.

Have you ever wondered if there is one place you can shop for all of your kid’s back to school needs? Obviously you can go to a big box store (Target or Walmart) but what if you are looking for name brands or designer items? Consider the mall!

I have to admit that I am one of those people that will go from store to store for all my kids back to school needs, but this year was a bit different. I went to Polaris Fashion Place here in Columbus, Ohio. Some people may think that a shopping mall is overpriced but I was able to find some really good deals!

For example, I purchased several shirts at JCPenney for $0.97 – $6.99, shirts and jeans at The Children’s Place for $5 – $10, a pair of Adidas shoes at Journeys Kidz for only $9.99, and much more. All of the items were on sale or clearance, and I stacked them with a store coupon to save even more. That is how you snag good deals, right?

Polaris Fashion Place has your classic department stores including Macy’s, Sears, JCPenney, Saks Fifth Avenue and Von Maur. You’ll also find over 180 specialty stores including Gap, Crazy 8, Finish Line, New Balance, Crocs, Game Stop, Apple, and Barnes & Noble just to name a few.

Purchase an outfit or two from GapKids or H & M Kids. Snag some shoes from The Finish Line or Stride Rite. Buy a pair of glasses from LensCrafters. Pick up some accessories at Claire’s. Get your hair cut at Master Cuts! So many stores equals so many options. That is why Polaris Fashion Place is a one-stop shop for all your back to school shopping!

Not only does Polaris Fashion Place have the perfect stores to make your back to school shopping easy, they also have stores for us moms to treat ourselves.

Coach, Pandora, Yankee Candle, Sephora, Aveda and Williams-Sonoma, just to name a few. You can also grab a bite to eat at one of several restaurants, in the food hall or other eateries. Best of all, they have a children’s play area for the little ones to play while you take a much needed break and review your lengthy shopping list.

What I love most of all about Polaris Fashion Place is how they give back to the community. They promote and support education in local school districts with their Earning For Learning which turns money spent by shopping or dining at the mall into cash prizes for local schools.

For the 10th year in a row, the mall will award $30,000 to local area schools this fall. Through September 27, when you make purchases at Polaris Fashion Place, each dollar spent will be turned into points for the school of your choice. Mondays and Tuesdays are “Double-Point Days”, which means you could earn your school double the points for every dollar you spend!

To participate, simply take your receipts dated August 4 – September 27 to Guest Reception to add points to your school’s total. The top 10 schools earn cash prizes ranging from $1000 to $7500. Every school in Central Ohio area is eligible to participate and schools are not required to register.

So by shopping at Polaris Fashion Place, you will not only be purchasing what you need, but you could help the school of your choice. It’s a win-win! That is why from now on I will be shopping at Polaris Fashion place not only for my back to school needs but for other needs as well.

For more information on Polaris Fashion Place, check out their website at polarisfashionplace.com. Or visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

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