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The Shops at Norterra’s Earn & Learn program benefits local schools

By Niki D’Andrea


Supporting local schools just by watching a movie, dining at a restaurant or buying a new outfit sounds like a smart idea. The Shops at Norterra has put that idea into action with aplomb every year for the past six years.

The Shops at Norterra’s Earn & Learn program began August 1 and continues through March 31, 2019. Here’s how it works: For every dollar spent at any of Norterra’s many shops, restaurants, service providers and Harkins Norterra Theatre, a North Phoenix school earns 10 points. Ten local and public charter schools are participating (see sidebar), and people can select which school they would like their points to go to when they submit their receipts online at

Some businesses are offering double points for a limited time, and bonus points can be earned through social media interaction and by attending events at The Shops at Norterra. When the program concludes next spring, the participating schools will each receive a grant ranging from $500 to $2,500, depending on the total points each school earned.

“Like the box-tops program, Earn and Learn is an easy way for consumers to support their favorite school every time they shop,” says Jill Jones, marketing director for The Shops at Norterra. “If you’re going to eat out, see a movie, go shopping or get your nails done, why not have the money you spend help your local school at the same time?”

Since the Earn & Learn program began in 2013, The Shops at Norterra has donated more than $50,000 to dozens of schools in North Phoenix and surrounding areas. At the end of the 2019 program, it will award another $12,500.

The Shops at Norterra is located at the northeast corner of Happy Valley Road and Interstate 17. It includes more than 50 destinations for shopping, dining, services and entertainment, including Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Men’s Wearhouse, Posh North Boutique and Harkins Norterra 14 Theatre. For more information, visit

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