1999 Earth Day Groceries Reports - District of Columbia

Helen V. Walker
Bolling Air Force Base
370 Brookley Ave, Bolling AFB, Wash DC 20332
Bags decorated: 1348
Comments: Bolling has worked with various schools in the Washington Metropolitan and BeltWay areas providing stimulating and positive reactions towards recycling. We reached hundreds of youth through the Grocery Brown Bag Project. This is a fun, cost free environmental awareness project where students decorate grocery bags provided by the base commissary with environmentally friendly pictures and messages. The bags are returned to the commissary or other grocery stores and passed on to patrons with the message that children care about environment. The patrons are instructed to use the bags at least three times and then recycle them. Bolling's 3, 4 and 5 years old took the project a step futher, after taking their brown bags to grocery three times they decide to keep them and make beauiful wind chimes, pinatas and other beauiful works of art.
Each year the 11th Wing strives to increase awareness and participation in our recycling programs. We feel recognition increases awareness. Through our Recycling Awards Program, we added a new Recycling Category to include the Brown Bag Project.
I would like to share a poem written on a (BROWN PAPER BAG) by our Third Quarter Recycling Hero winner. Mr. Robert Jones is eleven years old, and he lives in Howard Co. Maryland.

The world means a lot to me. So please listen to my plea. If you pollute and don't recycle, the cycle of life may stop. So top the effort we use today. Clean trash up before you play. Recycle as much as you can. Please world join me in my plea. It is time to take action on the damaging habits of man. Buy recycleable goods and plant plants. Join me in my dream for a cleaner earth, join me fellow man.

The Brown Paper Bag Project has provided so many wonderful inspiration ideals, and we thank you.
Have A Great Brown Paper Bag Day

Students from several elementary schools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, as well as scores of young area tourists, helped decorate 311 handled paper grocery bags with Earth Day messages at the American Forest & Paper Association's booth at the Ag-Earth Day celebration (an educational collaboration by more than 50 agricultural organizations) on the national mall on April 21. Thanks to this fun, educational project, students, teachers and parents learned more about paper reuse and recycling and sustainable forestry. The bags, donated by Willamette Industries, were distributed to customers at several family-run grocery stores on Capitol Hill. A special visitor to the event, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, enjoyed learning about the project and even took a decorated bag back to his office!
Colleen Shine

1998 Earth Day Groceries Reports - District of Columbia

Just wanted you to know that students in Kindergarten, 4th, 6th, and 7th grades took part in this project. We decorated 500 bags!!! We would like to Thank our science teachers Ms. Hylton and Ms. Cowdin for their help. A big THANK YOU to Fresh Fields, Whole Food Market for their donations of the bags!
Trish Petty (tpetty@trinity.pvt.k12.dc.us)
Holy Trinity School
1325 36th St. N.W. Washington D.C. 20007
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