Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2001

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Bronwyn Tongue
Florosa Elementary School
Mary Esther, FL USA

We decorated 561 bags!

About our project: We love celebrating Earth Day at Florosa Elementary School. Every student participates. We invited Nonie's Ark Animal Encounters to share her animals and how to take care of her animals. The Recycling Officer from Okaloosa County talked to us about ways to reduce, recycle and reuse items and even brought several items made from recycled paper to show our students. Of course, every student created their own slogan and artwork on their grocery bags and submitted them to Art Students from our local community college, OWCC, who judged each classroom's bags and found a winner. The winning bags were displayed at Food World in Fort Walton Beach over Earth Day weekend. Lowe's donated flowers to plant in our nature trail as well. We had a great time during our Earth Week at Florosa Elementary.

submitted on 4/25/2002

Diane Blozis
San Carlos Elementary School
Ft. Myers, FLUSA

We decorated 1010 bags!

About our project: Our entire school participated in this project. We decorated over 1,000 bags! The help and support of the teachers and administrators is what made Earth Day Bags a successful community project. Publix Grocery Store, which donated the bags, is a wonderful partner and supporter of education.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 4/14/2002

Joy Deak
Boca Raton Christian School
Boca Raton, FLUSA

We decorated 500 bags!

About our project: This was the first year our school participated. The teachers and students were excited to participate. We decorated about 500 bags talking about water conservation, pollution, recycling, car pooling,etc. Some students decorated both sides. We held an Earth Day celebration, had a tree planting, and butterfly release. It was a great day for the school. We hope to participate next year and do even more bags. I do not have any pictures prepared to send. Sorry.

submitted on 5/8/2001

Peggy Mauger
Environmental Studies Center
Jensen Beach, FLUSA

We decorated 6000 bags!

About our project: Six thousand bags, generously donated to the Environmental Studies Center by Stuart Fine Foods, were distributed to happy customers the weeks before and after Earth Day. The bags were beautifully decorated with Earth Day themes, and the shoppers loved the colorful artwork and thought the project was really great! The Environmental Studies Council and the Environmental Studies Center coordinated the project which involved students from twelve Martin County elementary and middle schools, plus a local Girl Scout Troop. The participants included Bessey Creek Elementary, Crystal Lake Elementary, Hobe Sound Elementary, Jensen Beach Elementary, Palm City Elementary, J.D. Parker School for Math & Technology, Pinewood Elementary, Port Salerno Elementary, Seawind Elementary, Felix A. Williams Elementary, Hidden Oaks Middle School, Indiantown Middle School, and Girl Scout Troop 362. Also participating were children attending the Environmental Studies Center's Good Nature Series. These Saturday programs encouraged the kids to use the bags to express their ideas about saving the earth, and there were lots of turtles and other water creatures in their very creative drawings. A clothesline exhibit of bags was held at the Environmental Studies Center the Saturday before Earth Day. This project was fun and easy to accomplish and really helped students become more aware of their environment. It was met with such enthusiasm that we're already making plans for next year!

submitted on 5/2/2001

Shannon Bass
Moore Haven Elem.
Moore Haven, FLUSA

We decorated 430 bags!

About our project: Go to We made the front page of our local paper!

submitted on 4/30/2001