Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2001

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Bill Rowland
Landfill of North Iowa
Mason City, IAUSA

We decorated 2300 bags!

About our project: I represent the Mason City Earthday Committee. Our volunteer committee organizes a citywide clean up every year around Earthday, including citywide programs focusing on environmental issues. 2001 was our 8the year for the celebration. It was our 2nd year for the Earthday grocery sack project. Students from all seven elementary schools, Harding, Newman, Hoover, Madison, Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt, were invited to decorate paper grocery sacks to be distributed in three major grocery stores the week of April 22nd. Over 2300 sacks were decorated by as many students. The program was so successful that most of the bags were used by customers within just a few hours and was very well received. We already have requests and plans in place to do the same project again in 2002. We feel that this project is a valuable link between students and people of all ages and backgrounds. Some sacks were even seen being used as curbside recycling containers for newspapers being set out for recycling. The schools are all very helpful and the students are excited to have a chance to see their work in the stores.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 3/24/2002

Kim Matson
Ventura Elem.
Ventura, IAUSA

We decorated 56 bags!

About our project: The kids are so excited! What a great activity!

submitted on 4/20/2001

Wayne Fritch
Cedar Rapids Community Schools
Cedar Rapids, IAUSA

We decorated 377 bags!

About our project: This is the first year that Harrison Elementary students participated in the Earthday Bags Internet Project. The web site,, was shown to all K-5 students during computer lab time to build understanding and enthusiasm for the project. Seeing pictures of other students, thier bags, and the growth chart of the project, motivated students to participate. Students not only colored Earthday Bags but also used Kid Pix Studio Deluxe to draw Earth Day posters which were given to, and posted in, the sponsoring HyVee store. Digital camera pictures were taken thoughout the project and a Power Point Slide Show was developed to show our efforts. We hope to post the slide show on the Harrison School web site. It was a wonderful experience!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 4/20/2001

Kim Matson
Ventura Community Schools
Ventura, IAUSA

We decorated 56 bags!

About our project: Ventura is a small town, but the Ventura Mart was happy to be a part of our project. The students are excited about the activity as well!

submitted on 4/19/2001

Harman / Bakker
Boyden-Hull Elementary School
Boyden, IAUSA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project:

submitted on 4/11/2001