Earth Day Groceries
Reports from 1998 Participants
This is Part 1, including reports from the first 60 schools.
Clicking on a linked location will take you to the participant page for that location. If you would like to write to any of the participants, click on their email address.
Use the Guestbook or email to send in your reports.
(Remember to include
your school name, location, and number of bags decorated)
The most recent reports are listed at the top of this page.Updated April 17,1998.
We are S.L. Lewis Elementary School located in College Park, Georgia. We have
643 students in grades Pre-K thru 5, all of whom are decorating grocery bags
to be used on April 22 at our local Union City Kroger. Thanks to Kroger, who
has supported our efforts in this project for the last two years, the students
of our school have the opportunity to do their part along with our school's
white paper and newspaper recycling program to show that they care about the
Susan Young (email@example.com)
S.L. Lewis Elementary
College Park, GA
This was our first year for this project. The students (k-5) really enjoyed
decorating 400 bags!
K. Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the first year for us to participate. We have students from
two different towns so we decorated bags for two different stores. We
decorated 428 bags in all for the two stores. The students really enjoyed the
activity. We are a school of K-8th grade so we had every level involved.
Teresa Ptacek (email@example.com)
Delphos Attendance Center
This is Washington School reporting in. We are located in Santa
Barbara, California and today we decorated 63 grocery bags for our
local Lazy Acres market.
Washington Computer Lab firstname.lastname@example.org
When I sent you our report I didn't realize our other
elementary school was particpating also. Decker Elementary decorated
123 bags bringing our total to 478 altogether!! Sorry for the
inconvenience. I'll let you know when your webpage on Earth Day is up
Lisa Wilson email@example.com
South Knox Elementary School
Monroe City, IN
Wow ! Our entire school ( kids from age 5 to 13 )took a great
deal of interest in the project this year. We decorated
over 500 grocery bags with many colourful,decorative designs
and catchy slogans.
A local environmental magazine also picked up the story of
the Grocery Bag project and published it for Earth Week ! It
seems that kids of all ages really do care about what happens
to their home !
The bags were presented to Thrifty Foods ( the Colwood Store )
and they were delighted to take part with our school for a second
year in a row.
Although still under construction, our home page will feature
many of the beautiful designs our students created.
Ted Waring (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Victoria, BC, Canada
Our second grade classrooms have decorated 160 bags for the Lockwood
Janet Trask (email@example.com)
Victoria Park ( special education school ) in St Lambert , Quebec,
Canada,is celebrating Earth Day 1998 in a big way. Our special needs students
are having fun decorating 200 grocery bags with environmental messages. The
bags will be distriobuted by our local IGA and Provigo stores on Earth Day.We
will display posters at these storesto inform patrons about Earth Day and the
dangers of pesticides. We are also having a bottle drive to raise money for the
World Wildlife Fund. We are showing our community that our students can make a
Valerie Forde (firstname.lastname@example.org)
St. Lambert, Quebec, Canada
Thanks to the cooperation of our local Winn-Dixie, our school
decorated 311 grocery bags. We are proud of our talented students who
participated in some online research to prepare for this project. We have all
learned a lot and look forward to sharing what we've learned with our
community. What a great project! Thanks for the opportunity.
Barbara Hicks, Technology Coordinator (email@example.com)
Dunbar Intermediate School
Over 250 bags were decorated by seventh graders at our school. We
delivered the decorated bag to three local stores today.
Sandi Sallee (Sandi_Sallee%BMS@batesville.k12.in.us)
Batesville Middle School
Hi! I am writing you from South Knox Elementary School in Monroe City
Indiana. Our students K-5 decorated a total of 355 grocery bags. We
"borrowed" the bags from our local Red and White grocery store. We
really enjoyed particpating in this project. We are in the process of
putting some examples and photos on our website. Thanks!
Lisa Wilson, Computer Lab Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
South Knox Elementary School
Monroe City, IN 47557
My 7th grade Social Studies class is having a great time
with this project. This is a great web site - it really
helps 1st time project participants get started. We
decorated 150 bags from our local Publix.
Thanks, Jody Osler (JJJ123@bellsouth.net)
West Hall Middle School
The science students at Marticville Middle School decorated 400 bags
for Earth Day. The bags will be used at John Herr's Market in Millersville,
Pennsylvania. The students did an excellent job decorating the bags with
environmental messages. They enjoyed participating in the activity. We also
had a friendly judging competition of the bags. People from the community,
teachers, faculty, and students voted for their favorite bag. We look forward
to participating in 1999! :)
Kelly Buhay (email@example.com)
Marticville Middle School
Grand View School kindergarten children in the classrooms
of Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Shepherd and 3rd grade students in
Mr. Goss' class decorated 75 grocery bags while they learned
about recycling, conservation and environmental awareness.
Eighth grade girls helped the kindergarten children. Reasor's
Grocery Store gave us the bags and they will sack
groceries in them on Earth Day, April 22, to pass along the
message to their shoppers. We would like to thank Mr. Ahlness
for a wonderful project which we learned about by using the
Internet. This is the first time we are joining with schools
all over the world to do a classroom project with an Internet
Comments about Earth Day from Mr. Goss' 3rd Graders:
Kyle: "Pollution is bad for people, animals, and everything
on the Earth."
Alex: "I told my Mom about our Earth Day Project. I told her
the Earth is very big with many countries, and we have to
take care of it."
Jordan A: "Keep our planet clean so the animals can breathe."
Matt: "We can make a difference. We should take care of our
Earth now, so it will be good for the future when we are
Jeremy: "I think that cleaning up the Earth would help our
Jordan H.: "People should stop polluting the Earth so we can
Brandon: "We need to recycle."
Mr. Goss: "Hug a tree. Save a life."
Ms. Christi Boulware/Ms. Judi Grasso (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grand View Elementary
I am a Jr. at Panhandle High School. I student teach a 1st grade class. In my
class we are coloring 20 bags in our class. I know the kids will have a blast
At Cameron Street School in Collingwood, we are participating in the Earth Day
Groceries Project for the second year. 470 students will be re-using paper to
Earth Day Messages and illustrations. They will be inserted in grocery bags
(plastic) at our local Loblaw's store.
We are also working on another Earth Day Project. Our school is hoping to
collect 10 cents from each student so we can raise enough money to help
"purchase" one metre of the Trans Canada Trail. The Trans Canada Trail is a
Millenium project that should be ready for July 1, 2000. There will be a trail
that runs from British Columbia to P.E.I.
People will be encouraged to use the trail for walking, biking, cross country
skiing, snowmobiling and horseback riding. Groups and individuals that donate
$36 to the trail will get their name on a plaque at a pavillion. This trail
will allow Canadians and others to enjoy the beauty of our country and
participate in outdoor activities. We would like to see other schools take up
the challenge of raising enough money to purchase one metre of the trail. If we
all give a little, together we can accomplish great things. Enjoy Earth Day
at your school!
Ruth Hall (rhall@ cses.scbe.on.ca)
Cameron Street Public School
My name is Mrs. Pat Points and I teach kindergarten at Greenbrier
Elementary School in Evans, GA (suburb of Augusta, GA). My students
(17) will complete the grocery bag project and local stores will package
items for approximately 20 shoppers. We enjoyed this endeavor and will
share environmental awareness with our parents. Happy Earth Day--Mrs.
Pat Points email@example.com
I found out about this project from
another staff member who found her
info on the web. Our local grocery store,
Shop-n-Save donated the grocery bags.
Children in my art classes, grades K-4,
decorated a total of 470 bags. We also
decorated a large banner to hang in the
grocery store that promoted the Earth
Day Grocery Bag project on Earth Day.
Sandra Waters (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Athol-Royalston Regional School System
Our school received 800 brown bags from Klein's Supermarket.
Approximately 750 were decorated with Earth Day Messages by
students in grades K through 5. The bags will be returned
to Klein's tomorrow (April 17) for distribution on Earth Day.
Our students really enjoyed this activity!
Cindy Stone (email@example.com)
Bel Air, Maryland
We are starting slowly and only one team at school. We are decorating
100 bags. I will send you a digital photo of the best one or two bags that we
I went to Queen Anne High School and enjoy the city of Seattle a great deal.
I teach 6th grade at a middle school.
I forgot to include our url the last time I signed in. You
would have to choose "other schools" and then select "Cascade Middle School."
We are just starting to develop our web page. We'd like to include things like
the grocery sack project. We don't have the staff with time and training enough
to broaden and update it regularly.
We are getting our sacks from a home town grocery store called Market Place.
They are very cooperative with the schools.
Thank you for organizing this project.
(our whole URL is:
As I said before, we will try to send you some photos of our class making the
Jeff Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cascade Middle School
My name is Carla Goodwin and I am Executive Director of Liberty Clean
and Beautiful in Hinesville, Georgia. I am working with one of our
Elementary Schools here, Taylors Creek Elem. on the grocery bag for
Earth Day. At the present time they are decorating the bags for me.
They have 825 students to partipate in this activity. Thanks to our
local Kroger store they donated 1000 bags. These bags will be
distributed on Earth Day to the customers.
Carla Goodwin (libertyclean@CLDS.NET)
This is our first year participating in the project. Briggs
School students in the following teachers' classrooms
decorated grocery bags for Earth Day 1998: Ms. Boen,
Mrs. Bynum, Mrs. Doss, Mrs. Guthrie, Mrs. Hamby, Mrs. Maker,
Mr. Richardson, Mrs. Ritzhaupt, Mr. Ritzhaupt, Mrs. Ross,
Mrs. Ryals, Mrs. Sampson, Mrs. Seagle, Mrs. Sellers,
Mrs. Spencer, Mrs. Stepp, and Mrs. Whitney. The fifth grade
students in Mrs. Doss' class gave a brief history of Earth
Day and demonstrated designs to each of the other classrooms.
The students decorated 390 bags with educational slogans.
The grocery bags were distributed to the public at Reasor's
Grocery Store in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on Earth Day. Look for
our photos on this website.
Jessie Craig (email@example.com)
Our Pre-K through second grade school decorated 600 bags for a local grocery
store to use to encourage our community to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Linda Petteway (Pettyl@aol.com)
W.W. Irby Elementary
We decorated 380 bags! Our bags came from Albertsons, Carival, and Cost Plus.
Please check our site next week for a Earth Day Groceries page.
Stacey Hoppenstein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John R.Good Elementary School
Our art teacher, Cindy Sadowski, has volunteered to do this
project with our entire school of 850 students. Children in
grades K-5 are participating by decorating bags from three
area grocers. The stores involved are Albertsons, Carnival and
Cost Plus. Our school, Paul Keyes Elementary has joined forces
with two other schools in Irving.These three schools, Paul Keyes,
Gilbert and John R. Good are asking parents to shop at the local
grocers during the week of Earth Day. We've reminded them to be
sure to ask for "paper". We loved this idea. Thanks for taking
the time to put it on the internet. I'm sure we'll be back
Margaret Watrous (email@example.com)
Our elementary school(K-5)is participating in the Earth Day
Groceries Project for the second year in a row. This year
we are decorating 387 bags. We received many positive
comments about our bags last year and hope to receive the
same this year. Our students definitely enjoy the
decorating and spreading the Earth Day messages.
Jan Whisenhunt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Magnet Cove Elementary
Thames Elementary School in Hattiesburg, MS is a k through
fourth grade school with 1050 students. This is our second year participating
in this project and we love it! We completed 1050 grocery bags for our Jitney
Jungle grocery store. Students will deliver the bags this Friday and our local
newspaper, the Hattiesburg American will be there to take pictures.
Joanne Oshrin (email@example.com)
Thames Elementary School
My special education class worked with a sixth grade class to
decorate bags at our local grocery store called Wilb Walkers.
We decorated 500 grocery bags. It was a good opportunity for a special
education and a regular education class to work together.
Bonnie Kinney and Kim McQueen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
St. Mary's in Shrewsbury, MA participated by decorating 484 bags.
The bags were donated by the Stop and Shop Supermarket in Shrewsbury. The
students in grades 1- 8 ejoyed participating in this project.
April Walling (email@example.com)
St. Mary's School
The Princeton Elementary School is in Princeton, Maine, a rural community
of 900 located a short distance from New Brunswick border as well as the
St. Croix River. Princeton has long been known as a sportsmen's and
Our school has 194 children from grades K-8. The children managed to
enthusiastically decorate 200 bags donated by our local Princeton Food
Mart. These beautifully done bags will be donated to Food Mart customers
on Earth Day. We have all enjoyed participating in this program. It has
sparked a renewed Earth Day awareness within our school as well as in our
community. We are looking forward to participating on a larger scale next
Grade 1 teacher
Archie Lintz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mary Raber School
I am a fourth grade teacher at an Upper Elementary School in Mercer County New
Jersey. Our school had five classes partcipate in the Earth Day Groceries
project and we were able to decorate 125 bags. The grocery store we
participated with was McCaffery's of West Windsor. The students really enjoyed
the project. Thanks for the great idea!!!
Tracey Edwards (Snshyn@webtv.net)
West Windsor-Plainsboro UES
West Windsor, New Jersery
The 22 students at Rockford Christian School in grades k-3 had a great time
decorating 85 Earth Day grocery bags. The bags will be distributed by the D&W
Grocery Store in Rockford. This is the first time that we have participated in
the Earth Day Groceries project, and we will tell our friends at the
neighboring schools about this great project and encourage them to participate
Daryl Vriesenga (email@example.com)
Rockford Christian School
We decorated 500 bags donated by our Local IGA.
Children in grades K-5 enjoyed giving something back to their
Penny Bettas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the first year that we have participated in this event. We
will be decorating 100 bags that were donated by Safeway.
Cindy Johnson (email@example.com)
Roosevelt Elementary School
All students at Jackson Elementary participated in this
project. We have grades k-1 through 3rd. They all enjoyed
this experience. Homeland Grocery Store was our participating
store. They received 297 decorated bags from our students.
The third grade classes are also collecting money for the
purchase of a tree to be planted on our school grounds on
Kay Rozzell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pauls Valley, Ok
Mega Foods in Tumwater, WA donated 200 bags to be decorated.
Students range is 1st grade to 6th grade.
Debbie Cabe (DCabe0630@aol.com)
Black Lake Elementary
This is our fourth year of participating in the grocery bag ecology
activity. Every year, the students are excited to take part. We will be
decorating 230 bags. This includes grades 5 through 8. Great homepage.
I appreciate all the help you have included. Thanks!
Ellen Imdieke (email@example.com)
Wayne Middle School
Cunningham School in Milton, MA participated by decorating over 600
bags. They were donated by The Fruit Center in Milton. This project
was coordinated by 5th grade teacher, Joanne Bonner.
This was the first time we participated in this project. It was a
great schoolwide project because all levels could participate
easily. We decorated 640 bags!
Joanne Bonner firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be our first year participating I got all your info
and presented to our principal and she liked the idea.Our
local grocery store(Giant Eagle) will be handing out our bags.This is a great
idea.We will be decorating 170 bags.
Sue Themis (Suztbn@aol.com)
North Huntingdon, PA
We have decorated 300 bags(half of our school), however we received
a letter a couple of days after the store generously donated the bags
that due to sanitary reasons they cannot use them! :(
Denise A Russo (DRusso556@aol.com)
Grasse Elementary; Sellersville, PA
I am a 4th grade teacher from Weston, CT. 4th and 5th grade students
participated in the Earth Day project. We called it "Operation Paper
Bag". We decorated 400 bags. The principal, secretaries, and teachers
We all had great fun!
I am the Librarian at Frankfort Elementary School in Frankfort Michigan. We
have a total of 320 students in out
elementary school. As each class comes to the library this week, we will be
decorating paper bags for our local store.
Thanks so much for letting us be a part of the project.
Carolyn Wallace (email@example.com)
Frankfort Elberta Area Schools
Our grade level has decorated 120 bags. Our students were real excited about
doing this project. We hope that over time we can make a difference. Thnaks
for including us!
Mandy Carriker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Garden City Beach, SC
We plan to decorate 500 grocery bags donated from Stop and Shop in
Stratford, Ct. on Earth Day 1998. We will do this as one of our class
activities for our whole school Earth Day celebration. The school day is
comprised of guest speakers who instruct us on recycling, caring for the
environment, and respect for flora and fauna. It is a day dedicated to Science
instruction and is enjoyed by students and teachers alike.
Jo-Ann McCann (email@example.com)
Eli Whitney Elementary
560 kindergarten children are participating this year for the first
time. Hope this helps to
increase your total. Good luck!
Nancy Brearley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The students of Nautilus Elementary School in Lake Havasu City, Arizona
have begun the project of decorating 500 grocery bags from two local
stores in our community, Smith's Food & Drug and Mega Foods.
Students from K-5 at our year-round school have been decorating for over
a month because of our extended breaks, but we'll be ready the week of
April 20-24 to distribute our bags. We will place a box at the stores
so customers can re-donate back the bags for bookcovers to be used at
the school. This will show our students another example of reusing.
Please visit our website for other activities at:
Be sure to post your events at these two websites:
It will help promote the event.
Mark Kotcho email@example.com
Lake Havasu, AZ
For the upcoming 1998 Earth Day we are decorating
100 bags. We are a preschool and a daycare. The afterschoolers are decorating
the bags and returning them to the store with their very own unique slogans and
pictures. We will keep you posted. We are also enclosing a seed packet so the
customers can go home and continue thinking about the earth as they dig in the
Debby Hartman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
980 State Road 135
We are going to decorate 18 bags in our kindergarten class. One per
Debbie Belicek email@example.com
We have decorated 526 grocery bags for Kroger here in Bartlett,
Tennessee. We have had a great time participating in this project. The students
have learned a lot about taking care of our Earth too. Thank you for telling us
about it and allowing us to be a part.
Becky Cross firstname.lastname@example.org
3932 Billy Maher Rd. Bartlett,TN
Winn Dixie lent us 450 bags for our students to decorate.
All the Shooting Stars are excited to get started on this
Judy Brooks email@example.com
Silver Lake Elementary
I am contacting you from Wellington Elementary School in Woodinville, Wa.
(Northshore Schools) to report that we decorated 1200 bags for Earth Day and
will be returning them to Albertsons and QFC for distribution in the next 2
weeks. It was a school-wide team day project, where kids gathered in multi age
teams to complete the task of decorating 2 bags each for Earth Day. My group
visited your web-site and enjoyed the pictures of kids doing what we were
doing! First heard about this thru the website, the Learning Space. Thanks
for the idea!!!! We might make it an annual event!
Eileen Treusch firstname.lastname@example.org
At St. James Day School, a private school celebrating our 50th year in
Texarkana, Texas, the entire student body (3 year olds - grade 6)
participated in decorating bags for Earth Day. In grades 1 -6, students
designed a bag in art class and decorated another bag when extra time
was available in their homeroom classes. In our preschool classes, we
designed our bags at learning center time in conjunction with a unit on
recycling and ecology. The students enjoyed decorating the 500 bags to
be distributed to happy shoppers at our State Line Albertson's Store on
My name is Theresa Emmolo and I am a Kindergarten Teacher at the B.F. Gibbs
School in New Milford, New Jersey. I have coordinated an Earth Day Groceries
project in cooperation with our local Shop Rite in New Milford. We will be
decorating 350 bags from our school and I am also working on coordinating a
similiar program at our sister elementary school, the Berkley School in New
Milford, New Jersey. If they are also involved, the number will be up to 650!
As of right now it is at 350 for my school and I will contact you with the
results of the latter. Everyone is very excited about this program and is
looking forward to Earth Day 1998!
Theresa Emmolo :-) Tmarie93k@aol.com
Our school decorated 250 bags. The messages were written in both
Spanish and English since we are a Spanish Immersion school. Thanks to Lucky
Store for donating the bags, and for letting our students share their concerns
about the earth with their customers.
Martha E. Rodriguez (email@example.com)
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Our school district consists of three small towns in a very rural
area of Iowa. None of our towns has a grocery store, but a restaurant
voluteered their take-out bags for our project. Children in grades K-3
decorated 191 bags which were distributed by Rudy's Rendezvous in Lacona, Iowa,
during the week of April 20, 1998. The students used cardboard earth templates
to draw a basic design. Crayons made each bag unique. This is our first year
as part of the grocery project. It was fun for the whole school community.
Southeast Warren Primary School
127 Students from Sharon Middle School decorated two paper bags each to
be passed out to patrons at Shaw's supermarket on Earth Day.
T Terrell Tricia_Terrell@sharon.k12.ma.us
Sharon Middle School
75 Mountain Street
Sharon, MA 02067
Our students decorated 500 bags from Price Chopper grocery store. The students
had a ball doing this and we were pleasantly surprised on how creative they
were. We are very proud of our kids. We are dislaying 6 new bags daily that
they have done in our display case with the heading Educating the Community and
pictures showing their work in progress. We are also having an Earth Day Fair
April 21 and after that we will be taking the bags back to the grocery store
where they can be used. This has been a wonderful, educational project for our
DEE NUSS (DNUSS.TUE@BSSD1.BSSD.K12.MO.US)
THOMAS ULTICAN ELEMENTARY
BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
My second grade class is very excited about the upcoming project.
We have already decorated over 100 bags, and we are decorating more
and more every day. Our class goal is to decorate 300 bags before
Earth Day. I would like to thank Food World grocery store for
providing bags for my students.
Lou Anne Strope (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Greetings from Royal Charles School, St-Hubert, Quebec, Candada.
The Earth Day grocery bag project is being implemented in our French
immersion school for the second year.
We are an elementary school on the south shore of Montreal. We are presently
having a great time decorating 800
bags with French and English environmental messages. They are to be returned
to a local I.G.A. for distribution
April 22, 1998.
We challenge other schools in the South Shore School Board to join us
in showing our community how to reduce,
reuse, and recycle.
Please send us reports from other participating schools.
Trudy Williams (email@example.com)
Royal Charles School
Saint Hubert, Quebec
Happy Earth Day, 1998!
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