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Charity drive, binder art and more: Burnaby back-to-school shopping underway

Unique art installations at Metrotown in Burnaby, including a binder arch, are helping students and families gear up for the fall bell.
Celebrate back-to-school at the Metrotown mall with art installations, coat drive and more from Aug. 23 to Sept. 10.

It's almost school time.

The days leading up to September can be busy — families trying to get the most out of their summer days, students preparing to go back to school and working professionals on break going back.

Whether you're looking for last-minute school supplies or checking off a shopping list or giving back to the community, Metrotown in Burnaby is hoping to be the go-to spot for back-to-school events and necessities.

Starting today (Aug. 23), the grand court at B.C.'s largest shopping centre will be decorated with an art exhibit made of school materials like folders and stationery as part of its Back to School At The Met celebrations.

On Saturday (Aug. 26), a one-day coat drive is being held at the ground court from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in support of Coats for Kids, a charitable program of the Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown.

Guests can drop by to donate a children's coat (must be of children's size, waterproof and have a hood) or cash of any value.

According to a news release, the first 200 people to donate a coat or make a cash donation valued at $30 or more will receive a $10 gift certificate to Metropolis at Metrotown.

Additionally, anyone who makes a donation of any value during the coat drive will also stand a chance to win a $300 gift certificate to the mall.

Metrotown says those who spend $275 from now until Sept. 4 will also receive a $25 gift certificate and a free lunch box as part of their "Spend and Get shopping incentive."

Every $2 "Spend and Get" redemption will be donated to Coats for Kids.

Back-to-school at Metropolis at Metrotown runs until Sept. 10. The shopping centre is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11a.m. to  7 p.m.

For more information about the celebrations, you can visit the Metropolis at Metrotown website.