Westfield shopping centers go back to school

Westfield shopping centers and the Westfield Family program have launched a “Give Back to School” community program, in which Westfield will donate $57,500 to the program by offering $2,500 to one school in each of 23 communities. The funds will be used to support such school programs as arts and music, sciences, physical education, libraries and technology resources.

Shoppers also will have the opportunity to help local students by donating new and gently used clothing or backpacks through a local community partnership with their Westfield shopping center.

The school designated for support in each community are chosen by Westfield shoppers themselves. As part of the “Give Back to School” Program, families who do their back-to-school shopping at a participating Westfield shopping center between Aug. 1 and Sept. 12, “vote” for a school in their local neighborhood. Votes are cast by shoppers who present their shopping receipts from Westfield retailers to the Westfield Concierge desk during posted hours. Each dollar spent counts as one point for their preferred school, and shoppers can earn additional points for their school by “liking” their local Westfield mall on Facebook. The local school with the most points wins a donation of $2,500 or higher, and a celebration event.

Westfield Family is offered at 30 Westfield shopping centers across the country.