Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2001

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Colleen Farrell
River Trails Park District
Mt. Prospect, ILUSA

We decorated 200 bags!

About our project: Children talked about earth day. They learned how recycling and reuse could help our planet. They learned many, many things are made with recycled materials. They used recycled items to make art projects, etc. They also collected items to recycle in their classrooms. They were surprised at how much can be recycled. They designed and decorated their bags to help share the idea of ways to save our earth. Samples of their bags were on display and the park district's annual earth day celebration in our community. All enjoyed the event.

submitted on 5/11/2001

Judy Belanger
Highland School
Downers Grove, ILUSA

We decorated 300 bags!

About our project: Highland students have participated in this project for several years. Jewel is always happy to receive my call asking for the grocery bags. Two students went with me to Jewel the day the bags were delivered. Many parents have commented on how much fun it is to take their groceries home in one of our decorated grocery bags.

submitted on 5/7/2001

Rhonda Kollmann
Cissna Park Elementary
Cissna Park, ILUSA

We decorated 463 bags!

About our project: The store owners were very cooperative. This makes a project like this so much easier. Two of the three came to the school to pick up their bags and have their picture taken with students for the local paper. We allowed nine school days to color the bags and needed every bit of that time. The teachers were provided with copies of ideas that could be used to jumpstart the students' creative thinking. Most students freehanded the bags and messages. Some of the younger classes colored copies of the ideas and glued them to the bags. Feedback from the community has been positive. They have enjoyed receiving the bags.

submitted on 5/2/2001

Deanna Leonhardt
Fulton Middle School
Fulton, ILUSA

We decorated 150 bags!

About our project: We decorated the bags in the afternoon following a morning of trash pick-up in town. We had brainstormed a list of environmental issues we are concerned about. Students used these ideas when designing their bags.

submitted on 5/2/2001

Barbara Popish
Nightingale School
Chicago, ILUSA

We decorated 596 bags!

About our project: The students of Nightingale School are involved in an international environmental project entitled "G.L.O.B.E." The acronym represents "Global Learning and Observation for the Benefit of the Environment" and the project is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. Students collect and interpret data from samples that they have collected from their environment and send them off via the Internet to scientists and a gobal data base comprised of results collected from thousands of schools from many different countries. The "Earth Day Grocery Bag Project" correlated perfectly with this ongoing project at Nightingale. Teachers who participated, received brown paper grocery bags from the Jewel/Osco Store located at 4938 South Kedzie in Chicago. They generously donated as many bags as we needed. The week before Earth Day, teachers prepared students by discussing and presenting lessons that involved conservation, preservation, and respect for the Earth and its precious resources. Students responded by decorating the bags with mottos and pictures that reflected these concepts. Bags were collected on Friday, April 20th and delivered to Jewel/Osco for distribution on Earth Day, April 22. Parents and community members received the message of the day by bringing home groceries in the Earth Day bags. All agreed it was a fun and valuable lesson!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 5/1/2001