Earth Day Groceries
Reports from 1998 Participants
This is Part 8, including reports from schools 335 to 367, received on April 28 - 30.
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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.
Students at Ironwood Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona decorated
grocery bags with pictures of the earth and Earth Day slogans to make the
community more environmentally aware. Larry Latimer, Manager of the ABCO at
35th Avenue and Greenway, provided grocery bags for each student at
Ironwood. Around 650 bags were decorated and the bags were returned to
ABCO where they were distributed on Wednesday April 22 to celebrate Earth
Day. This project helped students gain an increased awareness about Earth
Day and the importance of environmental conservation.
Margaret Dow firstname.lastname@example.org
Fourth Grade Teacher
Ironwood Technology Chair
This year the entire school got in to the act. All classes kindergarten
thru sixth grade decorated grocery bags from two local grocery stores.
We decorated 100 bags from the Village Market in Fennville, and 400 bags
from the Family Fare in Holland. Grand total for our project was 500
bags this year. We are thankful for these businesses and their support.
We look forward to doing this again next year. Way the go Pullman
Garry Visscher email@example.com
Pullman, WA (?)
This is the second year that we participated in the Earth
Day Gocery Bag Project. Quality Markets of Randolph gladly
supplied the grocery bags again this year. Before they distributed
groceries in these beautifully decorated bags, they displayed them
throughout the store. We decorated 216 bags.
We look forward to paticipating again next year!
Beth Olson (Beth_Olson@Rand.wnyric.org)
Gail N. Chapman Elem. School
Students from our school in grades six, seven, and special education
decorated 207 bags for the Edwards store on Olden Avenue in Trenton. Parents
reported spotting our bags at parent conferences on the day after Earth Day.
The students enjoyed this project immensely. Next year, we will start earlier
in order to decorate a whole bundle!
Rene' Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Martin L. King Middle School
Once again we took on the challenge of decorating a few hundred brown
paper bags to share the Earth Day message. We decorated 600 bags this year.
The shoppers loved them!
Julie Weaver (email@example.com)
Raymond Marquith, East Galesburg, IL decorated 150 bags for Eagles in
Galesburg, IL. The children so enjoy doing this and the store says the
customers love them. This is are second year of doing this. Attached is a
picture of our students delivering them.
Raymond Marquith School
This was the first year our school participated in this worthwhile
project. K through grade 4 decorated 500 grocery bags. They were donated by
Fox's Market of Middletown. The bags carried a variety of earth friendly
slogans and great artwork! Third graders got an extra treat. We toured the
store on Earth Day and saw the project in action. The children were thrilled.
One shopper personally thanked the child who made the bag she received. Our
efforts were written about in the local newspapers and carried on 3 local TV
stations. The third graders were even proclaimed "Home Town Heroes" for
spreading the Earth Day message. This may have been our first year but it
won't be our last. Next year I hope to have 100% classroom participation.
Margaret Moore (MMoore9421@aol.com)
Our highly motivated and very creative students had a wonderful time
decorating grocery bags to help spread
important Earth Day messages. Our kindergarten through fifth grade students at
Dora L. Small school succeded in
decorating 367 bags! They were distributed at our local Shaw's Supermarket to
customers shopping on Earth Day,
April 22nd. The feedback from store management and the public has been
wonderfully supportive. Thank you to
all Small School students and teachers who made this activity such a success!
I would like to especially thank my third grade students (who may be reading
this!) for your outstanding help! You
all did such a marvelous job distributing bags to classes, decorating,
counting, and finally helping me load up my car!
Earth Day groceries was a big success because of you!
We continue to honor the saying "Earth Day is Every Day" by reflecting on
promises we've made, and trying to do
just a little more to keep our world healthy. All things are truly connected.
Gretchen L. Mulroy (KJMFEEN@pol.net)
Dora L. Small School
South Portland, Maine
Earth Day 1998
On April 22th at O'Gorman Intermediate School, over 200 students
grads 6 to 8 were involded in an "Earth Day Groceries Project". Over 240
paper bags were coloured and had written messages on them and sent to a
local super market "Super Fresh-A&P" to encourage people of Timmins,
Ontario to keep our earth clean.
These students enjoyed supporting Earth Day. Our projet was a success and
we have recieved positive feedback from the community. We hope to continue
this project as the years progress for our generation have to make a
difference for our environment.
O'Gorman Intermediate School in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Special Events Committee
Peter Harkins firstname.lastname@example.org
MENLO PARK TERRACE SCHOOL #19 IN WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, N.J. DECORATED
376 GROCERY BAGS DONATED BY A & P IN FORDS, N.J.
Menlo Park Terrace school #19 email@example.com
We had eight sixth grade classes and two forth grade classes
participate. Each student decorated one bag which was a total of 238 bags.
The bags were sent to East Fishkill Provisions and an article was published
about our project in the Southern Dutchess News. Thank You
for sharing your project with us.
S.PRUSAKOWSKI, J.Owen, and K. Hynes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kinry Road Elementary
Poughkeepsie, New York
On April 27, 1998 Wyeville Elementary school decorated 135 grocery
bags as a part of an April Student Council Activity. The student council
planned two days of activities related to Earth and the environment. On April
27 we decorated grocery bags and calculated the amount of paper our school uses
and recycles in a day. We then calculated how much paper we use and recycle in
one year and then applied that to the number of trees we use. In one year we
use the equivalent of 3 trees and recycle the equivalent of .25 trees. On
April 28 we had an all school "paperless" day. It was very educational for all
Ilene Quartemont (IleneQ@Tomah.k12.wi.us)
Wyeville Elementary School
Westminster, Massachusetts reports 464 grocery bags decorated by the students
from Meetinghouse School (K-2) and Westminster Elementary School (3-5).
The bags were
provided and then distributed by the Westminster Star. This
is the third year that we have participated in this project but our first time
reporting results to you. We have enjoyed your idea, thank you.
Was just luck I found your web site with this great idea. Thanks and
yes, will want to do again next year. Kindergarten through sixth grade
students, approximately 300, decorated donated grocery sacks with
environmental pictures and slogans. Generated lots of discussion about
what WE can do to conserve our earth. Decorated sacks were given to
local grocery stores.
Holly Mabry email@example.com
The students of Frenchtown Elementary School in Frenchtown Montana participated in the earthday project. The students K-6 decorated 750 bags.
This is our third year to participate in your Earth Day Grocery Bag
Project. Again this year our fourth and fifth graders were excited to be a
part of this project and created 200 Earth Day grocery bags to be distributed
in our community . Of course, we have to thank our loyal Southside Produce
Stand who has always supported this project by donating the bags. Also this
year our entire student body got involved in watching caterpillars form into
beautiful butterflies and releasing them into the flower garden each grade
level had planted. It was a very exciting and beautiful week. Thanks for
making our Earth a better place to live. We eagerly look forward to
participating in this great project next year.
Lynette Ivanyisky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Northside Elementary School
Denham Springs, Louisiana
My name is George T. Gross, Sr., President of Jasper County
Cattlemen's Association of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association. Sorry
about the late notice but the Carthage Missouri Elementary Schools had 824
children do a total of 824 bags for Earth Day. I am waiting for the other
elementary schools to report in.
George Gross email@example.com
The entire student body at our school (1st thru 4th grade)
participated in this wonderful project. Close to 400 bags were carefully
decorated and then sent to a local store for distribution on Earth Day. The
children (and staff) responded in a positive fashion and we all hope that the
community felt the same when receiving the bags!!! Thanks for the GREAT idea!!!
Dawn Davidovich (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Library Elementary School
South Park School District, Pgh. PA
At Southgate we contacted the manager of Mega Foods, John Lowney.
He ordered 500 plain bags for our students to spread the message on. Classes
had the option of completing the project in arts class with Linda Meo or in
their homeroom. When all the bags were complete, Linda and I took 5 students
to the store to deliver the bags. As a thank you to our students, John
provided a fresh cookie for any student who came in on Earth Day. Thanks for
the great project! We look forward to viewing all this years postings and
participating again next year.
Frost Cunningham (email@example.com)
This Earth Day the students at Forest Avenue Elementary School
decorated 300 grocery bags. The bags were distributed at the Edwards grocery
store in West Babylon.
West Babylon's website -
Forest Avenue Elementary School's website -
Jennifer Masciangelo (Jmascia@aol.com)
Forest Avenue School
West Babylon, NY 11703
We made 792 grocery bags for Earth Day. It was great, the kids, the teachers,
the stores, everybody loved it. Thankyou
Marysville Junior High School
Marysville School District
Marysville, WA. USA
Debra Hudson Debra_Hudson@msvl.wednet.edu
Traver Road Primary School in Pleasant Valley, NY has participated in this
project for the past three years. Our local farm market has come to look
forward to our gloriously decorated bags; bags with a conscience. Our
kindergarten through third grade students decorated 634 bags this year as a
part of our week long Earth Day activities. Many thanks to Marc and the
sponsors of this event.
New Paltz, NY
Mrs. Schaefer's class at the Wiilam O Schaefer School in Orangeburg, New York
decorated 23 bags. Beth Mindes, an education student at St. Thomas Acquinas
College, organized the project. Our bags were displayed at C Town in
Orangeburg, prior to being distributed on Earth Day. The students were very
proud to share their Earth Day messages with the community. This was a great
Beth Mindes (SBMindes@aol.com)
William O Schaefer School, Mrs. Schaefer's class
Rockland County, New York
We would like to report that we participated in the grocery bag
project. We are from the Claypit Hill Elementary School in Wayland,
Massachusetts. Almost all of the students in the school, grades K
through 5, took part in the project as part of a Student Council
sponsored monthly Spirit Day. We decorated 556 bags. They were
distributed by Donelan's Market, our local grocery store, and received
very favorable feedback from the people at the store and in town.
Thanks for this great project.
Charlene Griffin Charlene_Griffin@wayland.k12.ma.us
Student Council Advisor
F.M. Gilbert Elementary in Irving, Texas, participated in the Earth Day
Groceries Project, 1998!. We decorated 300 bags all with beautiful pictures of
our earth, suggestions to help take care of our earth, or inspirational and
encouraging thoughts about our earth. The children loved getting involved and
LOVED going to the store and seeing other student's work. I am so proud of our
school and the students who took on a project that in essence is an everyday
project, not just on one day celebration.
Amy Hunt firstname.lastname@example.org
Ketler School of Westwood, N.J. participated in your Earth Day Grocery
Bag project for the first time this year. Parents and students worked
cooperatively at our environmentally themed back-to-school-night. We
decorated 485 bags which were distributed at a local grocery store.
Parents and students really enjoyed this project. It was wonderful for
the children to share their environmental messages with the community!
REBECCA MARGOLIES email@example.com
Thomas Jefferson School decorated 500 grocery bags for the Larkin
Avenue Jewel Store. Our whole school participated. Our 5th grade class was in
charge of delivering the bags to the classrooms, and gathering them again, and
checking the spelling. It was a lot of work, but it was fun. We decorated the
bags with pictures of the earth, and environmental slogans. We have put some
of them on this web page:
Ruth Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thomas Jefferson School
It was a pleasure for our high school's Future Homemakers of America
chapter to coordinate this project for our school district. We again had 100%
participation at our three elementary schools: Green Garden, Peotone, and
Wilton Center. We also added the Jr. High this year, through the cooperation
of the science teachers. Our total was 1,250 bags. Our thanks to everyone for
making this a huge success!
Chris Halweg, FHA Adviser (email@example.com)
Peotone High School
Peotone, IL 60468-0399
Our third graders have been studing the environmnet for the past two
years and how important it is for them to recycle and teach their parents the
importance of recycling. For Earth week this year we decorated 250 bags from
our local IGA. We also read Brother Eagle Sister Sky and wrote how we would
like to make a difference in the world so the earth could look like Chief
Deborah Kirincich (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elgin South Carolina
Acequia Madre Elementary School
700 Acequia Madre St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
150 decorated bags by 150 students ( school population)
new school for your project.
We enjoyed it.
4th grade and tech teacher
Geralyn Britko email@example.com
Happy Earth Day, 1998!
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