Earth Day Groceries
Reports from 1998 Participants
This is Part 3, including reports from schools 107 to 165, received on April 21.
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 21,1998.
Mission Bend Elementary School in Houston, Texas is participating in the
We decorated 750 bags to be distributed at Albertson's Food Market here in
Houston. The students did a great job decorating the bags and the whole school
is excited about the project. The local Albertson's Food Market was very
receptive and excited as well. The Houston Chronicle has scheduled a photo
shoot at the store. So it looks as though we'll even get some press coverage.
A great project for Earth Day 98!
We have 4th, 5th and 6th graders at our school. We decorated and delivered 375
grocery bags to a local grocery store in Centralia. This is a great project!
Linda Kinney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is Kaegebein Elementary School's third year celebrating Earth Day by
participating in this terrific project. Our school consists of almost 500
students, grades two through five. We are located on Grand Island, in the
Niagara River between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The students took particular
care to decorate bags with something meaningful to them and many were works of
art. We received 500 bags from the Grand Island Tops Supermarket and can't
wait until they are used on Earth Day. Thank you for organizing such an easy,
worthwhile project that's good for everyone!
Patricia Ludwiczak (email@example.com)
Grand Island, New York
Katherine D. Malone Elementary School of Rockaway Township, N.J.
decorated 189 bags promoting Earth Day Messages. Our PTA coordinated the
project and our local ShopRite in Rockaway N.J. let us borrow bags. The bags
were great displays of art as well as letting our community know that the
students are concerned about the Earth. We are also giving the students variety
seed packets to take home and plant. Thanks for running this website and I'm
glad I found it!!! See you in 1999.
Kathy Botwinick (KKKBot@aol.com)
Katherine D. Malone Elementary
Rockaway Township, NJ
Students in grades 5-12 at Walnut Ridge Public School decorated
a total of 612 Earth Day bags for use at the local Harp's and
Big Star grocery stores!! The students enjoyed decorating the bags
as well as getting the message out to our community that we are concerned
about the environment. We will definitely be involved in this project again
Students in 5th and 6th grades at Walnut Ridge Middle School have
also planted a butterfly garden and vegetable garden, dug a pond,
and planted a tree in an area that we have designated as the
WRMS Nature Center.
Thanks for giving us an opportunity to be a part of the Earth Day Grocery Bag
Mrs. Wheeless (firstname.lastname@example.org)
5th/6th grade Science Teacher
Walnut Ridge Middle School
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Students decorated approximately 300 bags to be used by a local grocery store
to be used to bag groceries on Earth Day.
Students enjoyed the project and felt that they were promoting the message
"Save our Earth"
Mary Jo Sassen Kinder Teacher MimiSsn@aol.com
Vernon City El. School
2360 E. Vernon Ave.
Vernon, CA 90058
We have decorated and returned 123 bags. Several more classes will
decorate their bags tomorrow.
Jay Stimmel (email@example.com)
Chamisa Elementary School
White Rock, New Mexico
Great project! Students at our school enjoyed educating
the public. The grocery store clerks were very excited
about looking at the sacks, too! We decorated 585 bags.
Mrs. Emily Bradley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Center Grove Elementary
This was our first year participating in the project. The entire
school (K -6) decorated 250 bags that were given to us by the local Foodland.
The project was very well received by the management of the store. The local
newspaper even came to the school and took pictures of the children as they
worked on their bags. Thanks for sharing this project.
Joann Cullen 4th grade teacher and science chairman
Pt. Pleasant, WV
Walhalla, SC-- Girl Scout Brownie Troop # 1 decorated 73 bags for Earth Day.
David Johnson email@example.com
We are a 3rd and 4th grade school. We decorated 500 bags donated by our local
Staci Korkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From Orchard Center School (part of West Valley School District) which
is located in Spokane, Wa.
This is our first year decorating bags--a super project appreciated by
students and teachers alike. We are a 1-4 Elementary School and
decorated approximately 350 bags which my 3rd graders delivered to the
neighborhood grocery store today for distribution tomorrow. It's a
Dianne Crumley email@example.com
We participated in decorating grocery bags last year, too. This
Earth Day we decorated 450 bags for our local Sentry Market in Shasta Lake
Our school is Project City Elementary. We include grades K-4.
We also added a decorated bookmark with tips for helping the Earth
inside with info about our school.
The kids enjoy the opportunity to share their talents with the community.
Lillie Minsart firstname.lastname@example.org
Project City School
What a great way to spread the word about Earthday- without
using paper! My class opted to decorate bags instead of
entering a poster contest. We saved a tree! My 10 students
colored 50 bags.
Michelle Howard (email@example.com)
Bonner Middle School
Just reporting in that our afterschools in Greenwood, Indiana decorated 100
grocery bags with earth slogans. This was such a great community involvement.
We also put seed packets on the bags so the community could extend their
thinking and remember to reduce, reuse, and beautify. The children also gained
new knowledge about the importance of respecting our earth and the environment.
We worked with our local Kroger store. The children took a field trip to the
store to deliver the
grocery bags in person. Without Kroger's willingness to become community
involved, we would not have been able to reach so many people with such an
important message. The children at Discovery Junction Preschool and Childcare
are dedicated to saving our planet. Looking forward to next year!
Thanks so much!
Debby Hartman firstname.lastname@example.org
Our K-grade 6 school decorated 869 bags for the Earth Day Groceries
Donna Festa (PJF0113@aol.com)
West Woods Elementary School
Our seventh and eighth grade English students decorated 320 grocery bags for
KTA, our local grocery store. Students loved this free, fun, easy way to
spread awareness about taking care of our planet. Thank you so much for
organizing this great project!
Liz Noetzel (email@example.com)
Waimea Intermediate School
As an art project for the Onaway and Millersburg Elementary Schools Mrs. Tammy
Bongard had the students decorate a Carter's and Tom's IGA grocery bag using
the suggestions given at your web site. We have decorated and distrubuted a
total of 479 bags in our community.
Barbara Tomas (jsdtas@george.Ihi.net)
Onaway Area Schools
We had a wonderful time doing the Earth Day Grocery Sacks!!! Thank
you!!! Our school is Pre-3 through 8th grade. My third graders made samples
and a group of 6 students went around to each class and gave a "talk" on Earth
Day and how to participate. One way is through the sacks!! We gave the
students suggestions, drawings, slogans, and ideas to get them started. We
really felt great talking to all the different children in our school. We have
a grand total of 224 beautifully decorated sacks to report.
Have a great Earth Day!
Third Grade from St. Eugene, Ok
Gail Herth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Catholic School of St. Eugene
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
We ar a multiage program consisting of 48 children in grades 1-5. We
read about the project in the WEA Action and visited your website. Our children
worked very hard and completed 60 bags to be delivered to Safeway and
Thriftway. It was a great project and we are looking forward to doing it again
next year! Thanks for all the help that was provided on the website (i.e. the
templates, the slogans, etc.). It really got us motivated!!
Peggy Koivu (email@example.com)
Bainbridge Island, WA
We'd just like to report that High Park School, a K - 9 school in Stony
Plain, Alberta, took up your challege of grocery bags for Earth Day. We
"prepared" 200 bags for our local IGA and 200 more for our local Co-op.
All of our students from grades one to nine participated, sometimes in
partnerships between grades. We focused half our bags on the 5 threats
to the Earth - the HIPPO slogan of Habitat loss, introduced species,
population growth, pollution and over-production.
The two stores agreed to use the bags on EARth day as an awareness
campaign. We advertised this project in our our school newsletter.
This has been a great experience for our school.
How do we find our who else particpated in Alberta?
This was the first year that Auburn Elementary participated in the
Earth Day Groceries Project. We are a Pre-K through 6th grade building.
Everyone participated!! The bags were donated by a local grocery store
(Harmons) and a local convenient store (the 104 store). We appreciate
their help in making this important project so successful. The students and
staff decorated 635 bags. We think that is pretty impressive
for our first year doing this project. Through this project, the students have
realized that each of us has to do our part in taking
care of the earth. They have also learned that the message of Earth Day is a
message worth spreading!! We hope to do this project again
Melissa Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For the second year the first graders at Manteno Elementary School
worked together with Manteno Foods to decorate grocery bags. We decorated 140
bags. Manteno Foods will start distributing them to customers on Earth Day,
April 22, 1998. We hope to remind people in our communitiy to take care of our
planet. We had fun making our bags look beautiful. We hope our parents and
friends will look forward to getting our bags. We'll be there again for the
grocery bag project in 1999.
Barbara Wenzel (email@example.com)
Manteno Elementary School
Our school delivered 228 Earth Day decorated bags to the
Eagle Grocery store in Kankakee, Ill. Our local newspaper
came and took a picture for the newspaper the Daily Journal
We also displayed our project at the Showcase of Kankakee
schools at a nearby mall.We really enjoyed participating in
this project and would like to do it again next year.We hope
to be sending you a picture soon. Thank you for giving us
the opportunity to participate in this project and the
internet.We invite you to visit our school at our website.
Mary Nachtwey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FACES (Family And ConsumEr Sciences) Club at
Ladue Horton Watkins High School visited our local Schnucks
and decorated 200 grocery bags.
FACES Club (jsvejkosk@ladue.K12.mo.us)
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
St. Louis, Mo
Our school Ecole G. Theberge, in Temiscaming, Quebec has
participated in the Grocery Bag Project for the first time this year. We had
the whole school participate. Grades k-6, English and French sectors of our
elementary school.Each bag was decorated in both English and French. Our grand
total of decorated bags 420!! Our local grocery stores donated 210 bags each!
Each class had a great time decorating the bags. My Grade 3 class had a great
time checking all the bags before we delivered them to the stores. The local
newspaper covered the story. We will be participating again next year!!
Joanne Jack (email@example.com)
Ecole G. Theberge
This is a wonderful way to get the "Earth Day" message out into our
communities! West Milford Elementary School is a K - 5 school located
in West Milford, WV. We have approximately 500 students. As part of
our Earth Day Celebration, we decorated 452 grocery bags and returned
them to our local Krogers store located in the Eastpointe Center,
Bridgeport, WV. The students did a wonderful job decorating the grocery
bags. They put a lot of thought into how they wanted to represent their
environmental themes. I hope all of the customers at Krogers enjoyed
the creative artwork of our students. Thanks for the wonderful
West Milford Elementary School
226 School Street
West Milford, WV 26451
Gary Johnston, Principal
Cynthia Smith, Science Lab Teacher
The Students from Newton Yost Elementary School in Northwest Indiana
decorated 452 Earth Day Bags. We really enjoyed participating in this
global project and would like to thank Costas Foods for helping us
celebrate Earth Day. Happy Earth Day 1998 :)
Sharon Klahn firstname.lastname@example.org
Yost Elementary School
Hello from Van Etten, NY! Our school decorated 100 bags for our
local Big M Market. We delivered the bags on Earth Day, some in the morning
and some in the afternoon. The cashiers were pleasantly surprised by the
afternoon delivery of the popular Earth Day bags! The students can be proud
that they helped to make a difference in the world.
Great idea for the kids and store owners! What a way to boost up some
business. The kids loved this idea and didn't mind the prewriting and
rewriting as they normally do! THANKS!
Sue Balland (email@example.com)
Van Etten Elementary
Van Etten New York
Greetings from Veterans Park Elementary in Lexington, Kentucky! We have been
busy here participating in our first year of the "Earth Day Groceries Project,
I am the art teacher here at Veterans Park Elementary and one of our teachers
made me aware of this wonderful project, which I in turn used it as an art
project for the entire school. Therefore, there will be about 650+ grocery bags
being circulated at our surrounding groceries on Earth Day! (The participating
donators are Kroger and Winn Dixie.)
The children (ranging from K - 5) have been very enthusiastic and interested in
this project. Many have wanted to do more than one bag with Earth Day
messages. I liked the idea from Montgomery County Solid Waste - they collected
decorated bags from 3 schools and then chose some outstanding designs to give
Earth Day prizes to the designer! I'll have to remember that for next year!
This has been a fun and rewarding project, THANKS A MILLION FOR THE IDEA!
Please keep me informed for upcoming events and definitely for April 22, 1999.
Peace and Happy Recycling,
Holly Barkley, Art Teacher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Veterans Park Elementary
Our school participated by decorating 336 grocery bags.
Shelley Slunaker (email@example.com)
Western High School
Our second grade classes decorated 76 bags for a local grocery store to
spread the message about "Saving our Earth" and to participate in the
Nationwide Earthday Activity. The students were very excited about the
project and drew some wonderful Earth Day pictures with messages.
Although this is our second year participating, it is the first year of
being involved through the WWW. The Wren Primary Garden Club made
bookmarkers to be sent to Columbia to present to Landscapes for Learning
Collaborative from Clemson University for their help in our newest
school wide "Garden of Eatin" Project.
Thanks for spreading the word and letting us take part in this project.
S. Inman, Wren Primary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The town of Bruceton Mills is a small, rural community with one grocery
store. As part of our
Earth Day Celebration,our first grade classes at Bruceton School decorated 92
grocery bags with Earth Day messages. Lou Sterling,
owner of the store, used the bags on April 22, 1998, to spread the messages
among the community to
help protect the environment.
Darla Kuhn & Kim Conner (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bruceton Mills, West Virginia
We think this is a good cause. We liked putting the messages
on the bags so that people will know what to do. Putting them on
a grocery bag is a good idea.
Mr.Trama's 3rd Grade Class (email@example.com)
Ithan Elementary School
Bryn Mawr, PA
I am very excited about this project. My school is located in
a very rural area. This project will help us spread the word
about environmental issues. Thanks so much!!!
We decorated 200 bags for this our first year in the program. I
am already planning next years Groceries Project!!
Sherri Whisman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Powell County Middle School
Cummings Elementary School, 1037 Cummings Street, Memphis, TN 38106,
is participating this year in the Earth Day Groceries Project.
Eighty-nine students from grades early childhood through grade six
decorated grocery bags with an environmental theme. These bags will be
used tomorrow (Earth Day) by Piggly Wiggly Grocery as they sack
Mrs. Nikita Reed, fifth grade teacher, is project sponsor and Robert
L. Terrell is our principal.
Dr. Beth Farris email@example.com
Great idea! We are a small rural town of 1200 people and one grocery store.
Our three classes have decorated and will deliver 50 paper sacks
for use on Earth Day.
Thank you for sharing your idea!
Bennett, Mrak and Alameda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We wanted to let you know that Jane Stenson Elementary School at 9201
Lockwood in Skokie, IL 60077 decorated 375 bags to distribute at our
local Jewel food store. We did this as a Student Council Earth Day
Ellen Gruenberg elleng@SD68.K12.IL.US
The students of Keatsway School decorated 390 grocery bags
with crayons and markers.The bags carried messages to be kind
to the earth and to save the endangered animals.Today, April 21
a group of students returned the grocery bags to
Zehr's Masrkets, Beechwood Plaza, Waterloo.
Thanks for letting us be part of this great project.
Anne-Marie Periard (email@example.com)
Keatsway Public School
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
My biology and adv. biology classes decorated 196 bags.
The bags were donated by the local Excell grocery store.
Some of our best slogans were:
1. If you trash the Earth were are you going to live?
2. Is the ozone hole a gate for aliens?
Shut the door on UFOs!!!
3. Maybe if the air was cleaner
the Mariners wouldn't choke as often.
Thanks for the idea.
Scott Raynor (ScottR@Colfax.K12.WA.US)
Colfax High School
Edwin Forrest Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
decorated 550 grocery bags from the Super Fresh at Rhawn and
Kathleen Hanratty firstname.lastname@example.org
OurK-2 classes celebrate Earth Day by visiting 8 Earth friendly
learning statations. We decorated 100 grocery bags for our local grocery
Joyce S. Cody (email@example.com)
Richfield, North Carolina
This is in regards to the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. Our school
name is Eastridge Junior High School. We are located at:
Eastridge Junior High School
2350 Ridge Road East
Rochester, NY 14622
The current number of bags that are decorated is 500. Thank you!
Maryanna Mueller firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Wegmans supermarket is supplying us with paper bags and rubber
gloves to clean up our environment. Thank you for your work! Many
departments are working on this cooperatively.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in such a great project! All the
students, from K-5
at Collingwood Preparatory School proudly decorated a total of 488 bags for
Earth Day. We will be
returning our decorated bags Tuesday April, 21 for distribution on April 22.
was run by our school's H.O.P.E. (Help Our Precious Earth) Club and they did an
promoting this important day. A Special Thanks to the Caulfield Safeway for
helping our students
share their concerns for the earth with our community. Happy Earth Day,
Nicole Mader (email@example.com)
Collingwood Preparatory School
West Vancouver, B.C. Canada
We have decorated 110 Safeway grocery bags, with Earth Day
messages! Terry, the manager, was more than happy to see
someone willing to do this for Earth Day!
Next year, we'll double the number!
Sharon Kuzakin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Arctic Light Elem. http://northstar.k12.ak.us
Ft. Wainwright, Alaska
Adelaide Elementary School, Bountiful, Utah colored 600 bags for
Winegar's Food Store.
CAMILLE SPARKMAN email@example.com
We have decorated 271 grocery bags. I'm a 3rd grade teacher
at Bennington Public Schools.We are very happy to
participate in this years project. My students were very
enthusiastic and came up with some good slogans. We are looking
forward to seeing the final results.
Darlene Czaja (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bennington Elementary School
Carden School of Fountain Valley is pleased to have participated in the
Earth Day Groceries Project. Ralphs grocery store gave us 150 brown bags.
Our students have decorated and returned the bags for disbursement on Earth
Have a fantastic Earth Day!!!
-Miss Jennifer Carter
Carden School of Fountain Valley
10460 Slater Ave.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Linda Updegraff email@example.com
Our school participated in the Earth Day Groceries project. We
decorated 285 bags to be distributed to customers on Earth Day.
Cecelia James Myers firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Toler-Oak Hill Elementary School
8176 Hwy 96 N.
Oxford, NC 27565
The students from 5-F and 5-G at Chartiers Valley Intermediate
School participated in this project in conjunction with the
Heidelberg Shop-N-Save at Raceway Plaza in Bridgeville, PA.
The fifth grade students enjoyed decorating over 100 grocery
bags with earth-friendly messages. We only found out about
the project last week, so our participation this year was
limited. Next year, we would like to expand the project to
Alicia Gismondi/Pat Sienicki-Jackson (email@example.com)
Chartiers Valley Intermediate School
Crestview Middle School students in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades have
decorated 500 grocery bags to celebrate Earth Day. These bags were donated by
Naifeh's Food Rite in Covington and have been placed there for use by grocery
patrons on Wednesday, April 22 to celebrate Earth Day.
Mary Kemp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Crestview Middle School
We decorated 330 beautiful bags!
Sydney Bradfield (email@example.com)
Hello! My name is Jean Bell and I teach fifth grade at
Sterling Elementary School in Sterling, Virginia. We are about
45 minutes west of Washington, D.C. Eight classes participated
in your Earth Day Groceries Project. We decorated 275 bags for
our local Sterling Park Safeway. They were excited, too, as
they had never participated in this project either. I hope to
send you a picture later of some of our students working on the
project. This was a great idea! We hope to participate next
year also. Happy Earth Day!
Jean C. Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
The 6th grade students at Baxter Middle School decorated a total of
157 bags for Earth Day. This is our 2nd year to participate in the Earth Day
Groceries project. What a super way to get students involved with the
community and to spread the word about Earth Day!
Tanya Carlson (email@example.com)
Baxter Springs, Kansas
We are first graders from Peru Primary School in Peru, NY. We borrowed
about 150 paper bags from our local Grand Union store and decorated them
for Earth Day. Hopefully people will pay attention to our drawings.
Peru Primary firstname.lastname@example.org
Earth Day Greetings! Here at Prophetstown Elementary School in
Prophetstown, Illinois, our students decorated 367 paper bags for the
Earth Day Groceries project. We all had a great time and are plannig
on doing it again next year.
Paulette Clements email@example.com
Our school is George Walton Academy in Monroe, Georgia. We are
participating with BiLo. We have decorated 80 bags. Next year we will
do more. Thanks for creating this great project!
-Elizabeth Garrison, art instructor
This was our first year participating in this project. Our entire
school, grades K-6, decorated 500 grocery bags. The students did an outstanding
job on their artwork as well as their slogans!
Jennifer Hodgkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mazie Gable Elementary
Red Lion Pennsylvania
Thank you for all your hard work on this Groceries Project.
Annotation by Janice Nishiki, Grade 2 at Noelani Elementary School
The students of Noelani Elementary School are earth conscious. All
grade levels focus on environmental awareness activities and studies
throughout the school year. In April, our grocery bag project to help
educate our community about the importance of Earth Day and to spread the
messages that we would like them to remember.
This year, 250 students from our school completed bags and they were
distributed by the Longs Drug store a block away from our school. Students
and their families were proud to see shoppers take home bags and to be a
part of helping to spread the word - Make Earth Day Everyday!
Noelani School is located in Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu. Our
valley is rich in Hawaii's history with historical homes and landmarks and
anyone who visits the valley is immediately struck by the beauty of lush
green mountains, colorful rainbows, and dramatic waterfalls against the
majestic mountainside. It is easy to understand why our students value the
importance of Earth Day!
Glenn D. Fernandez
Technology Coordinator and Network Administrator
Noelani Elementary School
2655 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Happy Earth Day, 1998!
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