North Carolina Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1999

Danielle Powell, Earth Day Groceries Coordinator
SPARC Academy Charter School
Raleigh, NC, USA
# Bags Decorated -- 100
Students of SPARC Academy had a great time with the Earth Day Groceries Project as a part of a Service Learning Activity. Elementary and middle school students participated in the project. A local Kroger Store supplied us with the bags to decorate. The students really got into their work, and were very creative. We took two group field trips to return the bags to the store. The students entertained the managers, employees and customers with rhythmic hand claps and songs. To conclude the field trips, the groups enjoyed lunch at a nearby Golden Corral Restaurant. The students thoroughly enjoyed the project and we look forward to doing it again next year.
General Greene Elementary located in Greensboro, NC participated in your Bag Beautification project by decorating 229 recycleable grocery bags provided by our local Winn-Dixie store. The students really got into this project and the store manager was most receptive. He also stated that the customers enjoyed getting the decorated bags. I apologize that it has taken some time to send this. Due to "technical difficulties" wherein my e-mail access was "out there" somewhere in cyberspace, this is the earliest I have been able to send your mail! Please add our information to your database, so that we may know were are included in these statistics. General Greene is a magnet school and its complete name is: General Greene School of Science and Technology. Thanks for pulling all of this together. It is fascinating for the children to see and read the efforts of children in Greece, etc. A great and manageable project!
Helen Hoffman
Sharon Wilson
Park View Elementary School
Mooresville, NC, USA
Bags decorated: 850
Emily Hungerford
Aldert Root Elementary
Technology Specialist
Raleigh, NC
Decorated: 102 bags
Comments: Four classrooms including second, third and fourth graders decorated grocery bags which were returned to Wellspring Grocery in Raleigh. Children also read the archives on the site, referred to your Earth Day slogans for decorating the bags and read about the many different suggested uses for paper bags. Root's science teacher organized a Forest Festival for April 23 and decorating the bags was a wonderful addition to the science events.

Mrs. C. Bocker
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: I found your grocery bag idea while surfing the net and brought the idea to our art teacher and principal. They both loved the idea and so I checked with our local FoodLion store and they agreed to sponcer us. The students in grades K-4 worked on decorating the bags during their art class. Let me tell you, the bags looked great and got the message about recycling, reuse and use paper bags out to the community. Each grade level did a different design. Kindergarten did a world that was smiling. Sand Ridge Elementary is very proud to have been part of this worthy cause.
Nancy Carter
York Elementary School
Raleigh, NC
Bags decorated: 28
Comments: My children have enjoyed doing this activity.
Mrs. Susan Walters
Murray School
Fort Bragg, North Carolina USA
Bags decorated: 495
Comments: Great project! This is our second year. We are a K-4 school (with 3 preschool classes)located on a military base. The commissary on post supplied us with the bags again this year.
Kristina Iven
George Watts Elementary School
Durham NC
Bags decorated: 194
Comments: This was the first year that Durham schools have participated in the program. I was pleased to have three local elementary schools, George Watts, C.C. Spaulding and Eno Valley participate. Bags were distributed to three different Kroger stores in the Durham area. The students enjoyed decorating the bags and I hope that these schools and others will participate in future years.
Fran Haislip
Pleasant Union Elementary
Raleigh, North Carolina,USA
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: We had approximately 400 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participating in this project. Some of Ms. Haislip's first grade students will have their pictures and bags posted on our website. Click on our school calendar and then follow the Earth Day link. Enjoy!

Patti Hosford
Irwin Avenue Open Elementary
Charlotte, NC 28202
Bags decorated: 451
Comments: When I first suggested designing Earth Day Bags I got very little excitement from our teachers and students. But decorating was contagious!! We had so much fun and the kids were very creative. We'd like to thank Winn-Dixie on Sunset and Statesville Road for donating bags. These were the best bags because they had no advertising on them!! We also would like to thank Food Lion at Cheshire Place for donating bags. We stapled our pictures onto their bags. About 85% of our students participated and we hope to donate 1 bag per student next year or 575 bags.
This is a great activity. Thanks.
Patti Hosford,
Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School,
Charlotte, North Carolina
Joan Milliken
Lake Norman Elementary School
Mooresville, North Carolina, USA
Bags decorated: 1,047
Comments: All 1,015 students in our K-5 elementary school participated. The students really enjoyed this hands-on activity! Our local newspaper covered this event and wrote a great artical about this project. I'm sure we will want to participate again next year. Thanks for helping us promote environmental awareness in our community!
Jim DeLuca
French Broad Food Coop
Asheville, NC
Bags decorated: 250
Comments: Our natural foods cooperative grocery worked with the Claxton Elementary School art classes to have 250 grocery bags decorated. Grades 1 to 6 all participated. Our store displayed some of the bags throughout the store and sent shoppers on their way with the beautiful bags. Some shoppers did not want the groceries into the bags because they said they were too nice. What a great experience.
Lesley Byrne
Greenville Montessori School
Bags decorated: 100
Comments: This is our first year to participate in the Earth Day Groceries Project. Our 38 students loved decorating the bags. We worked very hard to complete them today and yesterday. We look forward to doing it again next year. Happy Earth Day to the world!
Elementary Students at Greenville Montessori School, NC
C. Stewart Stafford
Bowley Elementary School
Fort Bragg

Bags decorated: 500+
Comments: Happy Earth Day! Our 500+ PreSchool through 4th grade students decorated over 500 grocery bags which are being distributed by the Main Commissary today on the base. We have just had an Earth Day parade with students' work plus the majority of staff members are wearing Celebrate Earth Day with our school imprinted on the tee-shirt. Many classroom activities have been centered around the Earth Day theme for the past few weeks. Thanks for all you are doing with this wonderful project.

Mitzi Brooks
Bonlee Elementary School
Bonlee, NC
Bags decorated: 150
Sandra Spearman
Union Elementary School
10400 Taylor's Bridge Hwy Clinton, N. C. 28328
Bags decorated: 48
Comments: Mrs. Thornton (Spearman's) 4th grade class again. Please make sure that FOOD LION OF CLINTON, N. C. and IGA OF Beaulaville, N. C. get the recognization that they deserve for allowing us to use their paper bags and and agreeing to distribute them to help us with our goal which is to reach as many people with out messages as possible. Thanks Again.
Sandra Spearman
Union Elementary School
Clinton, N.C. 28328
Bags decorated: 48
Comments: Our class decided to embark on this project after reading about it in our Weekly Reader. We thought that it would be a very worhtwhile project as it would serve a twofold purpose both providing information around the community about the need to care and do something about keeping our earth clean as well as making a good grade for their effort on this project. We really enjoyed giving our imput and trying to make a difference in the way that our Earth looks today and in the future. Thanks for allowing us to share this project and maybe interest someone else doing this same project another year. Again thanks. Mrs. Thornton (Spearman's ) 4th grade class.
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: We are excited to be taking part in this project! We are a school with 513 students in grades K-2, with 1 preschool class. We are working together with our local Food Lion.
Kathy Hensinger
South Smithfield Primary School
Smithfield, NC
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: This is our first year to participate with this wonderful project. Students in grades K-6 will be decorating the bags. I am anxious to see the communities response! I hope to make this an annual event at our school.
Jody Stouffer
Maiden Elementary School
Maiden, NC
Bags decorated: 365
Comments: This was a wonderful and easy project. Thank you for all the information, letters to grocers, media, etc., and helpful slogans. This was a wonderful avenue to motivate the student's thinking about Earth Day and conservation. They came up with wonderful slogans and got very enthusiastic about this theme. Now our community will also see how are children care and are worried about the earth and hopefully, they will do their part in this conservation effort. I am very glad we participated in this project and hope to participate again next year.
Julie Bordo
Forest Hills Elementary School
Wilmington NC USA
Bags decorated: 750
Comments: Our school is decorating 750 grocery bags for a local Food Lion store. Our students are very excited about participating in this important event. Earth Day has always been a unit of study in my classroom. I always emphasize that even though we celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd of April; everyday is really Earth Day. Thanks for letting us have this opportunity. It was GREAT and so worthwhile.
Alta Allen
Pines Elementary School
Plymouth, NC USA
Bags decorated: 500+
I will submit our activities next week.
C. Stewart Stafford
Bowley Elementary School
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Bags decorated: 25
Richard Brooke
China Grove Elem.
China Grove, N.C., USA

North Carolina Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998

We participated in this project last year and plan on doing the project again this year. It was a tremendous success and the kids had a wonderful time decorating the 500 bags we had obtained from a local store in Beaufort. The messages they came up with were awesome and we got some really positive feedback from the customers, the grocery store, media, and other members of the community.
Debby Hoell
Beaufort Elementary School
P.O. Box 131 - Beaufort, NC
Thanks to our local Food Lion we decorated 292 bags for Earth Day. Our students had a great time and were very creative. One class used a computer program to create pictures to glue on their bags. We enjoyed participating and hope to be part of this project next year.
Rebecca Worlds (
Oaklawn Elementary
Charlotte, NC
My 5th grade class participated in this project. We decorated 33 bags. We took pictures and we will post the pictures at school and in our classroom. The students had a fun time working on this project We only had 2 days to do this and I feel it was a good learning experience.
Catherine Burnitt (
Troutman Elementary School
Troutman, NC
Hi! This is Oxford Elementary School,Claremont N,C. On Earth Day we decorated over 500 bags! We decorated the bags for Lowes Foods.We also decorated them for Food Lion. They said stuff like, the three R's, Reduce Reuse, Recycle! They also said , save the earth, dont be a litter bug. And Happy Earth Day.
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OurK-2 classes celebrate Earth Day by visiting 8 Earth friendly learning statations. We decorated 100 grocery bags for our local grocery store.
Joyce S. Cody (
Richfield Elementary
Richfield, North Carolina
Our school participated in the Earth Day Groceries project. We decorated 285 bags to be distributed to customers on Earth Day.
Cecelia James Myers
Joe Toler-Oak Hill Elementary School
8176 Hwy 96 N.
Oxford, NC 27565
Thanks to the cooperation of our local Winn-Dixie, our school decorated 311 grocery bags. We are proud of our talented students who participated in some online research to prepare for this project. We have all learned a lot and look forward to sharing what we've learned with our community. What a great project! Thanks for the opportunity.
Barbara Hicks, Technology Coordinator (
Dunbar Intermediate School
Lexington, NC

North Carolina Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997

Grades K through 2 decorated 400 brown paper bags donated by the local Food Lion store with Earth Day messages. Several second graders wrote letters to a local TV celebrity and dared him to come to the store and bag groceries for Earth Day. He agreed. A local newspaper also covered the event.
Lewisville Elementary School
6500 Lucy Lane
Lewisville, NC 27023
Greetings from Woodfin Elementary School in Asheville, NC. We participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project for the third year in a row, and once again, it was a huge success. Every student in our school decorated at least one grocery bag for a total of around 300. Our local television station filmed us decorating our bags one day at school, and we made the 6:00 news. On the Saturday before Earth Day, fifth-graders actually worked at the grocery store explaining the project to customers, bagging groceries, and spreading the Earth Day messages. Our local newspaper covered the story on Saturday. We had pizza afterwards to celebrate the success of the project. Thank-you for sharing it with us!
Sharon Davidson's fifth grade class
Happy Earth Day from Brentwood Elementary in Fayetteville, NC. This was our first time to participate in the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. Brentwoood PTA and Ms. Simpson, the art teacher distributed the bags. The children decorated 369 beautiful bags for Food Lion on Raeford Rd. We delivered the bags to Food Lion and had children read their Earth Day reports with the media taping. Thank you for sharing this project with us. What a wonderful way to establish communication between the community and our schools.
Tina Kimmerly, PTA secretary
Brentwood Elementary
Fayetteville, NC
We participated. The Future Livestock Growers 4-H Club of Hoke Co. North Carolina decorated 200 bags for Earth Day.

North Carolina Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996

This is Cheryl Hunt from Green Valley School located in Boone, North Carolina. Our Student Council has just completed sponsoring along with our local Lowes Food store an Earth Day project. We decorated over 420 paper grocery bags that were then displayed and later used for groceries to promote Earth Day and the importance of reusing and recycling. Our students really enjoyed completing this project and then seeing their bags displayed at Lowes Food. Thank you for coorindating this project.

Cheryl Hunt

April 22, l996
My 25 second graders decorated 32 grocery bags with Earth Day logos. They thought up catchy slogans and drew pictures depicting nature scenes. One of my students father owns a convenience store and he provided, and distributed, the completed bags for us. Our school is in a rural area of the mountains of NC and since it is such a small community I feel that the children's bags will make an impression on their friends and neighbors in the community.
We also got the third grade class to participate in the project and they decorated 27 bags.
It was a great idea and hopefully will have a positive impact on our community.

Nancy Coffy

I hope this is not too late for the list.
15 classes at Lead Mine Elementary in Raleigh, NC decorated 375 bags for Earth Day. Teachers participated in the project on a voluntary basis. Maybe next year we can get the whole school involved.
We would like to thank our local Kroger for lending us the bags to decorate. Teachers, students, and the gorcery store really enjoyed participating in this project. Our students did some super bags. Thanks,

Linda Shearin
Instructional Technology Specialist
Lead Mine Elementary

McLauchlin Elementary School has decorated and returned to Home Food Market 382 grocery bags to remind folks of Earth Day. We enjoyed this project again this year and hope to participate again next year. Please add us to your list.

Pat McNeill
Media Coordinator
J.W.McLauchlin School
Raeford, NC

North Carolina Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995

At New Hope School we participated in the Grocery Bag Project. The fifth grades were studying the Environment and sponsored a school wide activity along with the media center. All students enjoyed decorating the bags. We can hardly wait until Earth Day to go to the grocery store in our community and see our bags filling for the customers. Total bags: 195 Thanks for such a super project.
Connie Thompson
New Hope Elementary School
Gastonia, NC
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The students at J.W.McLauchlin Elementary School are proud to report that they decorated and distributed 400 bags for Earth Day. The bags were distributed by Home Food Market in Raeford. All students K-5 participated and were very excited about the project. Please include our bags in your total. Thanks for initiating this wonderful project and giving us a chance to share.

Pat McNeill, Media Coordinator
J.W.McLauchlin School
326 N.Main St.
Raeford, NC  28376

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