Earth Day Groceries

Reports from 1998 Participants

This is Part 9, including reports from schools 368 to 393, received on May 1 - 7.

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.

Now that the flurry of reports coming in has slowed down a little, it's time to finally write the report from Arbor Heights Elementary School in Seattle, Washington - the school that started this project!

Our school decorated 390 beautiful grocery bags, and the third graders in Room 12 delivered them to our neighborhood Safeway (for the fifth year in a row!) on April 21st. We had a nice walk down to the store, as it was a beautful, sunny day. Yes, sometimes the sun shines in Seattle! The assistant manager, Julie, received our bags and sent us on our way with soda pop and cookies. Thanks, Julie! We left her our 4' inflatable earth to leave on display in the store for a few days.

I'd like to extend a special thanks to all the students in Room 12. They worked very hard - speaking to other classes, editing 390 (!) bags, posting all the email reports and dots on the huge map in our school, and making sure everything looked great! You did a wonderful job!

Mark Ahlness
Arbor Heights Elementary School
Seattle, Washington

Happy Earth Day from Aspen Ridge Elementary School in Michigan's beautiful Upper Michigan! We are located in Ishpeming, just a few short miles from the shores of Lake Superior! My kindergarten classes are in the process of decorating 48 bags to be used at a local chain of food stores. I will be sure to let everyone at our school know about this great idea and hope you will be hearing from them soon!
Mrs. J. Harrington (
Aspen Ridge Elementary
Ishpeming, Michigan
This year our school participated in the 1998 Earth Day Groceries Project. Our students decorated about 150 grocery bags and gave them to our local grocery store. This is our school's first year doing the project although it has been going on for five years. Some of the students had fun decorating their bags outside, but other classes were not able to because it snowed. All the classes had fun decorating the bags with crayons and markers. Our school had a lot of fun doing the project and we are looking forward to it next year. We also encourage more schools to do this wonderful project!
Mountain View Core Knowledge School (
1016 Mystic
Canon City, Colorado 81212
Marilyn Burke
Fuller School
Boston, MA
480 students at Brimhall Elementary School in Roseville, Minnesota, participated in the 1998 Earth Day Groceries Project. Students (grades 1 through 6) decorated grocery bags, donated by Byerly's. The bags were displayed and distributed at Byerly's on Earth Day. We really enjoyed being a part of this worthwhile project. It was a great opportunity to work together as a team, both within our school and with our community to help raise environmental awareness!
Amy Weatherly (
Brimhall Elementary School
Roseville, MN
Walnut Hill Elementary decorated 400 grocery bags for Albertsons Grocery store. The store displayed some of the bags and sent the rest out with customers. The students had a wonderful time decorating and enjoyed learning how to save our earth. This activity will become an anual one-Thanks!!!
Ms. Taylor
Walnut Hill Elementary
Dallas, Texas
This is the first year for our school to participate. We are a small rural school with one room of each grade K-6. We decorated 225 bags and distributed them to two local grocery stores. The students enjoyed the project and did a great job. We also sent announcements to the local newspaper.
Kelly Terwilliger (
Bruin Elementary
Bruin, Pennysylvania
This is the first year that Kittredge Magnet participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project. The 6th grade students decorated 120 bags, donated by Kroger. The students had a great time deciding what environmental message to paint on the paper bags. I hope to have the rest of the school joining us next year for this wonderful project.
Kristin Wheeler (
Kittredge Magnet School
Atlanta, Georgia
I decorated 26 bags for the Earth Week project. I also went to our local Jewel-Osco and persuaded people to use paper bags not plastic for Earth Week. I would like you to e-mail me and tell me how the project went.
Erin M.
St. Michaels Elementary School
Hello Again! This is Theresa Emmolo from New Milford, NJ and I am writing to you with an update for our Earth Day Groceries Project 1998. Our two K-3 elementary schools B.F. Gibbs School and Berkley School both participated and through the combined efforts of our teachers, administrators, parents, students, and local Shop Rite, we were able to decorate 650 grocery bags! This was a wonderful feat for our first year! Everyone was very excited about this project and worked very hard. The bags were beautiful and meaningful. Many thanks to everyone who participated. What a wonderful way to share and celebrate Earth Day!
Theresa Emmolo (
Kindergarten Teacher
B.F. Gibbs School
Children from the Clara Peterson Grade School (K-3rd grades) decorated 243 grocery bags in celebration of Earth Day. The local Paxton IGA donated and distributed the decorated grocery bags during "Earth Week." In addition, Youth Action Kits were obtained from the American Forest and Paper Assocation and distributed to all children at the school (K-5th grade). The Paxton Jr. Woman's Club coordinated the event.
Susan Heyen (
Clara Peterson Grade School
Paxton, Illinois
Sycamore's ECOS club (the Environmental Club Of Sycamore) sponsored the grocery bags project this year. As far as we know, we were the only school in Indianpolis, IN to participate. We decorated 492 bags and distributed them to our local Kroger grocery store. It was a great project! More bags next year!!
Kara F. (
Sycamore School
Indianapolis, IN
Edison Elementary School had 358 students colored 476 bags this year. Waremart Foods was the participating store. We are located in Kennewick, WA. We just added a pre-school this year and they also colored bags. So we had P-5 grades involved in this. Happy Earth Day everyone!! See ya next year.
Brian Monk -
Our school participated in the Earth Day Grocery project. We have K-4 students. We decorated approximately 100 bags.
Mary Downs (
Humboldt Elementary School
Humboldt, Illinois
Our school decorated approximately 250 bags for Earth Day. This included first thru fifth grades.
The children really enjoyed the activity, and I almost hated giving their bags away. some of them were absolutely beautiful. I'm sure people who received them would agree.
One thing you might mention is to be sure that the students do not use marker, as it would run, and make the clients and customers unhappy.
Thanks for providing us with such a great, easy, and valuable!
Dana Donahoe (
Hosack Elementary
Pittsburgh, PA
Please add us to the list of schools that participated in the grocery bag earth day project.
We are a small school of 43 students, 13 fifth and sixth graders decorated 56 bags for two local stores. Thanks, Mrs. Lauer and the 5th and 6th graders.
Dennis Lauer
St. Mary's School
145 6th Street
Hilbert, WI 54129
This is the second year Northwest School in Lincoln, Illinois participated. We had a great time decorating 189 bags and delivering them to our local Krogers. Thanks again for sponsoring a great project.
Tamara L. Barcalow
Our school Woodland Hills Elementary decorated 450 grocery bags which were donated to us by Holiday Foods IGA here in Kingwood (outside of Houston). Two local newspapers reported on our project and included our pictures! It was a really great Earth Day project. Thank you!
Sharon Pierson (
Woodland Hills Elementary
Kingwood, TX
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
Have a change for you. I have one other school to participate from Jasper County, representing the Jasper County Cattlemen's Association. This school is from Sarcoxie, Missouri with 358 elementary kids participating.
48 students participated in decorating 497 paper grocery bags (we had mistakes on 3, so it couldn't be an even 500) that were provided to us by the Pasco, Washington Food Pavilion store. The manager, David Weber, enthusiastically agreed to join us in this celebration of our Earth's birthday. We plan on becoming long-time participants in the Earth Day Grocery project. The Tri-City Herald sent out a photographer to capture the action on film and there was a big photo in our newspaper on page 3. Teen-agers are very conscious of our environment and what needs to be done to help save it. My students thoroughly enjoyed this activity!
Nancy Harville (
Columbia High School
Burbank, Washington
This is the second year Webster Elementary has participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project. We have 318 students in K - 6th and we decorated 309 bags. We owe our success to the two grocery stores in Webster, Al's Lake Area Foods and Mike's Jack and Jill. They so graciously donated the bags and distributed them on Earth Day. The students have fun with the project and we plan to participate again next year.
Linda Meyer (
Webster Elementary School
Webster, SD
Wedgewood Wranglers decorated over 500 paper bags to be distributed at Albertson's, in Friendswood. It was a great break from preparing for the TAAS. The bags were decorated with the theme "How can I protect the environment". Special thanks to Albertson's Store Manager - Roger Eads, Dr. Wyatt (Principal), the teachers and all the kids for their wonderfully decorated grocery bags. This year we had 23 classes participate and next year we hope to have all classes to help.
Scott Palmer - PTA Enviro. Chairman (
Wedgewood Elementary
Friendswood, Texas
On April 23rd we held our 4th annual Earth Day Fair. About 35 schools were involved. We partnered with the Super Foodtown of Oakhurst, NJ to provide the Earth Day Grocery Bags as one of our activities for the students who attended. This was our first year and we decorated 101 bags. The kids loved having a chance to educate adults. Reports from the store indicated that the management and shoppers were pleased as well. We plan to continue with this project next year and we are hopeful that we will be able to increase the number of decorated bags.
Linda Brennen (
County-wide Earth Day Fair
Monmouth County
Amy and I are apprentices in the Career Development Program. This semester we are in Lisa Fleming's 3rd grade class at Chamiza Elementary School. Our Class theme is Mother Earth, so this project fit in nicely. We started out with a class brainstorm of what we knew about recycling, Earth Day and the environment. Next we researched facts about recycling and waste. All in all, we decorated over 100 grocery bags, each with an Earth Day fact, cathcy slogan, and colorful artwork. We delivered them to Smith's Grocery Store in Taylor Ranch, on the west side of Albuquerque. They were excited about the project and even made up signs and displayed some bags in their front window. On Earth Day we delivered the bags, and also baked cookies in the Solar Ovens we built the day before. Then we had a seedling-planting party. Earth Day is every day.
Jessica Schurtman & Amy Van Graafeiland (
Chamiza Elementary
Albuquerque, New Mexico
All of our students at Clara Tyner Elementary from kindergarten to Grade 6 decorated a large paper grocery bag donated from our Ottewell community IGA grocery store. In total we decorated 185 grocery bags. This is the first year we have been involved in this project and hope to make it a yearly tradition. It is a wonderful way to get the message out to the community that the children at Clara Tyner care about their environment!
Sandra Gluth (
Clara Tyner Elementary
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Happy Earth Day, 1998!

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