Chautauqua Mall Puts a New Spin on Back-To-School Traditions

Chautauqua Mall hosts Stuff the Bus campaign now through August 18.

Community celebration and opportunity to give back will kick off the new school year.

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Chautauqua Mall will help the community kick off the new school year with two events: Back-to-School Party and Stuff the Bus. During Stuff the Bus, from now until August 18, guests will have the opportunity to support the Jamestown Local Schools LEAP Program by donating supplies and resources for children and teachers in need. The donation event is being held to benefit the Chautauqua Center’s 6th Annual Backpack Giveaway, a popular community initiative that has grown significantly over the years. This year, the Chautauqua Center plans to distribute over 600 backpacks filled with school supplies to Jamestown students. As a celebratory finale for the donation event, Chautauqua Mall will host a Back-to-School Party on Saturday, August 17 from 11am-1:30pm.

Those wishing to make a donation can visit the school bus located in Center Court now through August 18. Items needed include crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, pencils and backpacks. Shoppers can visit OfficeMax, conveniently located at Chautauqua Mall to purchase these items.

The Back-to-School Party is a family-friendly event aimed to celebrate a new academic year for local students, while also showing support for schools in the community. The Back-to-School Party will feature entertaining activities such as games, crafts and a bounce house provided by the YMCA of Jamestown. In addition, the first 500 kiddos will receive a free sample of GoGo squeeze.

“Chautauqua Mall recognizes the important role our schools play in driving the future of our community, and we wanted to host two events that support exactly that,” said Kate Miller, marketing director at Chautauqua Mall. “Stuff the Bus and Back-to-School Party truly align with our community values, and we’re looking forward to not only celebrating with families through a fun event, but also giving back in a meaningful way.”

Chautauqua Mall is proud to partner with The Chautauqua Center for Stuff the Bus and to partner with The Chautauqua Center, JCPenney, YMCA of Jamestown and GoGo squeeze for the Back-to-School Party.

“Each year we have done the backpack giveaway it has grown, and this year will be the largest one yet,” said Sarah Gilbert, marketing coordinator at The Chautauqua Center. “We are grateful for the Chautauqua Mall for coordinating this exciting school supply donation event. We can reach more students than ever before because of their help, as well as the generous community members and organizations who have contributed this year.”

Stuff the Bus and Back-to-School Party are the latest examples of Chautauqua Mall’s engaging programs and events for the community. This is just one example of parent company Washington Prime Group’s commitment to creating a community center where guests can not only shop, but also have new experiences and celebrate seasonal traditions, like Back-toSchool, together.

For additional information on Stuff the Bus and Back-to-School Party or other upcoming events at Chautauqua Mall, visit

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About Washington Prime Group

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