New Jersey Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1999

Lisa Manganaro
St. Stanislaus Kostka School
Sayreville, NJ United States
Bags decorated: 176
Comments: Our school, St. Stanislaus Kostka in Sayreville, New Jersey, participated in the 1999 Earth Day Groceries Project. Our local ShopRite donated the brown paper bags that our students enjoyed decorating. Many messages were colorfully illustrated on these bags to send reminders to local residents to help save our Earth. Thank you Mark Ahlness for this wonderful project idea. We really enjoyed participating in this project and look forward to our school participating in the future.
Sara Lowry
Joyce Kilmer School
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Bags decorated: 685
Comments: Our students at Joyce Kilmer School, grades 3 through 5, participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project for the second year! One of our 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Bach, found your project on the Internet last year. We now view this project as our annual community service to spread the news about Earth Day. Our local A & P provided the grocery bags. Two letters have already been sent to our school to thank us for the terrific artwork and for reminding them to take care of the earth. We feel proud to take part in this important event.
Lori Moonan
Brookside Place School
Cranford, NJ USA
Bags decorated: 380
Comments: All of the children at Brookside Place School enjoyed informing the public who bought groceries at Kings' Supermarket in Garwood, NJ about environmental concerns. The bags were beautiful and informative.It was a very special Earth Day 1999.
Edith M. Rich
South Toms River Elementary
South Toms River, NJ
Bags decorated: 115
Comments: What a great project! Five classes of fourth and fifth graders decorated grocery bags. They were handed out at the "Quick Check Convenience Store" in South Toms River. We all had fun. Thanks for this wonderful idea!
Jennifer Brown
Hillside Avenue School
Cranford, NJ, USA
Bags decorated: 302
Comments: This project was initiated by one of our student teachers, Ms. Deborah Schademann, who is teaching in 1st grade. It was a very successful project in my class (5th grade) and I will certainly participate next year. It is a great way to introduce the themes of Earth Day.

Mary Frances Abel
Robert Hunter School
Flemington, NJ 08822 USA
Bags decorated: 400
We think that this is a wonderful project. This is our first year and it was an overwhelming success. 400 bags were decorated by children at Robert Hunter School in grades k-5. Bags were returned to the local grocery store which was very supportive on short notice. Feedback from teachers and students was very positive. We will certainly participate again next year. Thank you for a great idea!
I am a k-1 teacher at a first-year charter school in Teaneck, NJ. Our school decorated 88 bags for the Earth Day Groceries Project. The name of the school is Teaneck Community Charter School, 1650 Palisades Ave., Teaneck, New Jersey. The cooperating grocery store is Pathmark , 80 New Bridge Rd. , Bergenfield, NJ. Thank you for the opportunity to take part in a national project. We're proud to let others know that we care about the environment.
Carol Herron

We want to add 90 bags to the national earth day bag count. We are from Montvale N.J. at Meomorial School. Mrs. Roland Frank's Social Studies class.
Mark LaMonica,
Eric Vicedomini
Jill MIchno
Johnson Park Elementary School
Princeton, NJ USA
Bags decorated: 65
Jane Bielejewski
St.Anthony School
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: Every student in our school decorated grocery bags from Acme on Rt.33, Hamilton Square,NJ. It was a big success, with the media taking a picture at the Acme and putting it in the Trenton Times on Friday, April23rd. We look forward to participating again next year!
Diana Sombers
Students from M.T. Bedwell Elementary School in Bernardsville, New Jersey made over 500 grocery bags for our local supermarket. Students is grades 1-4 designed fabulous environmental messages and pictures. The bags were well-received by the supermarket and the community. We are interested in hearing about other school projects, too.
Ann White
J. Garfield Jackson Academy
East Orange New Jersey
Bags decorated: 360
Comments: What a terrific idea! Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students did a wonderful job.This project really made students think about the kinds of environmental problems our world is faced with. The manager at the Pathmark stores was very impressed with the artwork of the students and took great pleasure in participating in the project. Thank you Pathmark West Orange. We are looking forward to doing this again next year.
Greetings From Blairstown Elem School ( K-6 ) in Warren County, New Jersey We real enjoyed taking part in this worthwhile project again this year. I will be sending you some pictures of some of the student grocery bags.
Felix Staffaroni
Patricia Majerczak
Sacred Heart School,
Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071
Bags decorated: 600
Comments: Our entire student body, grades Pre-K to 8, participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project. Our local Shop Rite Supermarket was very supportive and gave us enough bags to cover the entire school. Students and teachers were enthusiastic about the project and did a great job in decorating the bags. The store manager and employees reported that the customers were very excited about the project and people came in asking for the "pretty earth day bags the kids made." The store has already told us that they are looking forward to our participation in this project again next year. Perhaps next year we will have each student decorate two bags each to spread our message even further.
Thanks so much for the great idea and informative web site! We were happy to be a part of this neat project!
Linda S. Sizemore
East Greenwich Township Schools
Mickleton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Bags decorated: 40
Comments: We decorated the bags with our Beginner Kindness Buddies. The third graders helped with Beginners with their Spelling and everyone had a grand time. There are a big race to get to the grocery store to see if they could get a bag. It was a fun project and will make a great memory. Thank you for the idea!
Bags decorated: 700
Comments: This year was our second year of participation in the Earth Day Groceries Project. Our local Shop Rite donated 700 grocery bags for our students to decorate with Earth Day messages. We had several hundred students in grades Pre-K through Fifth Grade take part in our efforts. The children worked diligently and with care. They did a fantastic and creative job extending the important message of protecting our environment to our community. The bags looked so great, how could they not bring a smile to your face to wish all a VERY HAPPY EARTH DAY 1999! A special thank you to all of the children, parents, teachers, and administrators of the B.F. Gibbs School, Berkley School, and David E. Owens Middle School for thier help and support!
Miss Theresa Emmolo
B.F. Gibbs School
New Milford, NJ
Diane Calabrese
Corpus Christi School
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
Bags decorated: 353
Comments: Good response from students and participating Hasbrouck Heights Shop-Rite.
Mrs. Laurie Fox
Stillman School
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Bags decorated: 20
Comments: We think we would like to get the message out to the world that we should recycle, reuse and reduce the amount of garbage. SAVE THE WORLD !!!
Kathryn O'Grady
P.S. # 15
Clifton, NJ USA
Bags decorated: 450
Thank you very much for a brilliant idea! As a student teacher, this was a great experience for me. The teachers and administration in my school were very enthusiatic about it, as were the children. It was also featured on the front cover of the local newspaper. It worked very nicely as closure for the unit I just finished, "It's Up To Us", which is all about taking an active part to save the earth. It was really a meaningful and relevant experience for the students at School 15!
Thanks again- Kathryn
P.s.- I do have pictures I would like to send in, but our scanner is currently out of order. So I will send them in as soon as possible. Also, Pathmark of Clifton, on Paulison Ave. was the supermarket that helped us in the endeavor.
Ruth van Veenendaal
Dudley Elementary School
Camden, NJ 08105
Bags decorated: 330
Comments: All students from Kindergarten through 5th grade participated in the Earth Day Groceries bag project. We distributed our bags among 3 neighborhood groceries along with posters explaining what they were for on the 21st for use on Earth Day. We hope we have made an impact on our neighborhood!!
Norma Cornman
Lafayette Pershing Elementary School
Carney's Point, NJ, USA
Bags decorated: 1000
Comments: Mrs. Cornman and Mrs. Merenda's Kindergarten Class, along with school staff members and 400 school students, decorated 1000 bags which were distributed at local supermarkets. Incollingo's Food Rite Supermarket and Lapp's Dutch Market donated the bags which were decorated by the students and returned to the stores for use by their customers. The students decorated the bags with Earth Day slogans which were obtained on the Earth Day Groceries Project web site. The students enjoyed the project and the staff members are talking about doing it again next year.
James Diegnan
Collins Elementary School,
Livingston Public Schools
Livingston, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 368
Comments: The local Kings Supermarket donated bags for Collins School to participate in this wonderful project. The students came back to school as part of an Environmental Voting Night. Check out our website to find out more about the issues we vcted on and to see pictures of our bags.
Southard School
Howell,New Jersey 07731 U.S.A.
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: Grand Union Supermarket has donated the necessary bags for our students in grades one through six at Southard School. Our supermarket displayed a banner in their window advertising this event and they also took candid shots of the customers receiving their Earth Bag.
It was a fun activity, with an important message about preservation, and we hope to be a part of it next year.
Rose Magrann
Mark Newbie Elementary School
Collingswood, NJ
Bags decorated: 186
Comments: I am happy to report that our K-6 school (student enrollment: 205)decorated 186 grocery bags that were provided by the ACME Supermarket in Westmont, New Jersey. The messages were varied and the art work was beautiful!
Miss Kathleen Finn
Elliott Street School
Newark, New Jersey, USA
Bags decorated: 700
Comments: We decorated bags for the Shop Rite in Bloomfield, NJ. The whole school worked on this project.
We enjoyed decorating them. We have learned a lot about saving the Earth, so we were glad to spread our messages to others! Thank you for the wonderful idea. HAPPY EARTH DAY !
Miss Finn's Third Grade Class
Tina Ferrara
Bowne-Munro Elementary School
East Brunswick, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 359
Comments: The students of our school had a great time decorating the grocery bags from the local supermarket, an are really excited about having thier families and friends visiting the store to get a bag to use over and over again! We would love to hear from someone, to know that you received this email, and to update us on the total number of bags that were done nation wide! Thank You, and we look forward to participating again next year!
Mrs. Lattanzio's Class
Kingston School
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 17
Comments: Happy Earth Day! This was a great project. We had a lot of fun. We enjoyed participating and we are proud of our illustrations and all of the other schools' hard work. Most important, we learned ways to keep our Earth clean!
Mrs. Silvestri/Mrs. McComb
Mary Ethel Costello School
Gloucester City, NJ, USA
Bags decorated: 21
Comments: We enjoyed this project very much. This project reminded us of the importance of saving the earth.
Steve Sherman
Washington Park School
Totowa, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: This was our first year doing this Earth DAY grocery bag project. Next year we are planning to have grades 4,3 and 2 decorate the bags. Shop Rite in Little Falls NJ was very cooperative and helped make our project a success.
The 7th and 8th graders at South Amboy Middle/High School in South Amboy, NJ decorated 200 grocery bags donated from Foodtown in South Amboy. They had a great time!!! Thanks for the idea!
Mrs. Cindy Falco
Science Teacher
Anita Kolat
Jec School
Elizabeth, NJ
Bags decorated: 115
Comments: it was alot of fun , especially when the students realized grocery store customers would be using the bags they decorated. many students wanted to complete their bags as homework when time was up for the activity at school.
Brenda Bristow
Thomas Jefferson School Grade 4
Turnersville, NJ 08012 USA
Bags decorated: 50
Comments: The children in our class were very eager to participate in this project, and were extremely proud of their colorfully decorated grocery bags.We would like to thank Mr.Dan Meehan, manager of the Acme Market in Glassboro, New Jersey for providing the paper bags for us to use in our project. This was an excellent way for us to observe Earth Day 1999.
Anna Pantoliano
Franklin Elementary
No. Bergen NJ
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: We became partners with Pathmark on Tonnelle Ave in No. Bergen who donated the bags. The kids did a fantastic job and cooperated very enthusiastically.
Lori Shapiro
Briarwood Elementary
Florham Park, NJ
Bags decorated: 228
Leslie J. Smith and Elizabeth Cohen
Oak Knoll Lower School
Summit, New Jersey, United States
Bags decorated: 77
Franklin School
1000 Franklin Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
(Elementary K-5)
Ellen F. Peterson
Our students made 500 bags for this project. Before the bags were returned to the grocery store, they were put on display along with other projects which were created by the students with the same theme, Renew, ReUse, Recycle.
Linda Reiss
Maugham School
Location: Tenafly, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 125
Comments: It was a great Earth Day Project
Hardyston Township School located in Franklin, New Jersey, received 500 bags from The Bagel Tree Deli in Franklin, New Jersey. Students in grades 1 - 3 decorated the bagel bags with Earth Day messages.
Donna Hontz
Risa Cohen
CPC Behavioral Health Care
Morganville, New Jersey,USA
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: The students were enthusiastic and creative in taking on the task of decorating their Earth Day grocery bags. The entire school participated. It promoted awareness of the importance of Earth Day and the need to keep our envioronment safe and clean for future generations.
Kathie Scotti
Dickerson Elementary School
Chester, NJ
Bags decorated: 110
Comments: Five kindergarten classes at Dickerson Elementary School participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project. This was our first year doing the project and we returned 110 decorated bags to the Chester Shop-Rite. The children and their families enjoyed working on this special project together. Dickerson is a primary school with grade levels K to 2. I hope to have 100% participation from our school next year!
Bags decorated: 127
Comments: Great interdisciplinary project for the 6th grade. And a wonderful public relations activity between community and school. Kings grocery store was so supportive with the direction of manager Nona Mullin.
Linda McMahon
Bernardsville Middle School
Bernardsville,NJ 07924 USA
bags decorated: 21
Comments: We had a great time decorating our grocery bags. First, we brainstormed all the words and phrases that we could think of as we thought about Earth Day. The children generated great discussions about these ideas. The children worked quietly and I could hear them talking about Earth Day ideas as I walked around the room. They are going to ask their families to go food shopping at the store that the grocery bags will be handed out. This was a great and worthwhile project. I will definiately look forward to doing this project every year for years to come. Thank You!!!
Jennifer Henry
Kingston Elementary School
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 620
Comments: We truly enjoyed this project.
Lorraine Eberhardt and Barbara Steckhahn
Mahal F. Atchison School
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 400
We are the largest elementary school in Bergen county, NJ and the kids have been having a great time decorating bags for the local ACME. All of the third, fourth and fifth grade classes are participating and some of the younger children as well. We look forward to getting the message out and hope to participate again next year.
Cathy Rittereiser
ACS Elementary School
Highland Street, Leonia, NJ 07605, USA
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: The student's at St. Joseph's School in Keyport, New Jersey enjoyed participating in the fifth annual Earth Day Groceries Project. 400 students in grades K-8 decorated the donated Edward's Supermarket bags with environmental messages. On Earth Day, April 22, the bags were used to pack the groceries of Edward's shoppers. Besides carrying an environmental message, each bag had the St. Joseph School name and wonderful artwork. The people in our neighborhood were able to see a very clear and positive message that the student's at St. Joseph care about the environment.
Stephanie Jumper
St. Joseph's School
Keyport, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 20
This was a great project that the children really enjoyed doing. We made it into a class contest. Thanks, Mrs. Schafle
Mrs. Dawn Schafle
Kigston School, Cherry Hill, NJ
Cherry Hill, NJ
Bags decorated: 453
Comments: This is the first year for our school to participate in the grocery bag project. The children were very excited to hear that their artwork would be on display for the entire community and also help a wonderful cause at the same time. I am happy to say that I believe that this project will be a great success. We are also very proud that we are going to be decorating 453 bags.
Crista L. Abramson
Twin Hills Elementary
Willingboro, NJ, U.S.A.
Students at the Richard Rice Elementary School in Marlton, NJ are decorating 400 bags for Earth Day. Our local Genuardi's Family Food Store donated the bags and our students will prepare them and they will be distributed on Friday.
Mary Horvath
Third Grade Teacher
Rice Elementary
Bags decorated: 100
I wanted to do a project in recognition of Earth Day! Thank you so much for the idea. The children in the fourth grade class had so much fun decorating the bags. I know this will be a project that is continued for years to come!!!
Sharon O'Donnell
Tinc Road School
Mt. Olive, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: This was a great follow up activity for my class. They have been studying Rachel Carson and the environment (wetlands, rainforest, tide pools...) Then to finish off, I put them in charge of this school wide awareness project. The students were very excited and we're expecting a big turn out at our local Grand Union.
It was hard covering up all the writing on the bags without using anything that would rub off on car seatsor a lot of construction paper.Any suggestions??
Amy Randolph
High Mountain Road School
Franklin Lakes, NJ USA
Bags decorated: 60
Comments: Our local grocery store, Grand Union,in Landing, NJ, was kind enough to donate 60 bags to our 4 classes to decorate for Earth Day. They plan to display the bags before handing them out to customers. Our children drew pictures for recycling, saving animals, and to conserve tree.
G.Laemers,R.Scherr,L.Hill,D. Reed
Durban Ave. School
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: Our school is 100% participating in the Earth Day Groceries project by coloring bags for the Cinnaminson Acme. So instead of using regular bags, they are going to use our SCB colored ones.
Mrs. Campbell
St. Charles Borromeo School
Cinnaminson, NJ USA
My name is Sharon O'Donnell and I am currently a student teacher from Centenary College in New Jersey. I wanted to take this time to thank you for the wonderful idea you have provided as a project for the 4th grade class I am working with! I am a mother of two and am in my first education class. I have found such joy in working with the children on different projects dealing with the environment, but was having trouble figuring out what to do for Earth Day! I really appreciate the innovative idea and I wish you good luck in the future. I will let you know how the project goes. We are only going to do a small amount (100), but when I get my certification, WATCH OUT!!!! Thanks again,
Sharon O'Donnell
Bags decorated: 700
Students from pre- kindergarten to the sixth grade are participating in this year's earth day groceries bag project. The Acme supermarket has donated 700 bags for the students to decoratein honor of Earth day.
Linda Wilhelm
Clarendon School
685 5th. Street, Secaucus, NJ
I am a first grade teacher at Whitman Elementary School, in Washington Twp. NJ. This is the first year that our school will participate in this educational activity. We are very excited to be included in this project. Our students are working hard to convey the Earth Day messages. Our bags will be distributed at the local "Super G" supermarket. They helped us make this event possible by loaning us 500 bags.
Thank you for the terrific campaign.
Mrs. Connie DiNardo
Bags decorated: 1000
Comments: This is the first time one of my children has been involved with this, I think it's wonderful, but, the flyer they sent home stated we could go to this site and find out all the schools involved in the project, could you tell me where I can find that.
Teri Osterman
Mahala F. Atchison Elementary
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Bags decorated: 117
First, second and third graders are decorating grocery bags that were given to us by the Mantua Acme. We will return the decorated bags to the grocery store, which will use them for packing shoppers' groceries on Earth Day, April 22.
E. Melino & E. Smithwick
Woodbury Heights School
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
Our school is participating for the first time in this project. We are decorating 600 grocery bags to be delivered and used for Earth Week. We are really excited and we are looking forward to help get the message out about the importance of saving our Earth!!!!! Shirley Santos
Dr. William Mennies
Vineland, New Jersey
I am a first grade teacher at Taylor Mills Primary School in Manalapan, NJ. Our 7 first grade classes will be decorating 160 grocery bags to be used on April 22nd at our local Manalapan Foodtown.
Carol L. Brown

New Jersey Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998

Greetings from Bergen County Special Services. 300 special needs students, ages 4 to 21, from three schools in our district participated in the Earth Day Groceries project. The local Grand Union provided 300 bags for our students to decorate. Our art teachers provided stencils for students with physical disabilities to imprint their bags with the ³Earth Day 1998² logo. On Earth Day we had four students with their parents distribute all the decorated bags at the Paramus Rt. 17 Grand Union. The store manager had his photographer there taking pictures of the students distributing the bags to shoppers. We had a wonderful time participating in this project and are looking forward to doing it again next year. We hope to send you a link to our web page in the future. Thank you for this opportunity to celebrate Earth Day 1998.
Val Devlin, OTR
Earth Day 1998 Coordinator
Hackensack, New Jersey
Based on information received from the Paper Bag Council of the American Forest and Paper Association:
400 bags
-- Garfield School,
-- Longbranch, NJ
Based on information received from the Paper Bag Council of the American Forest and Paper Association:
150 bags
-- Ho-Ho-Kus School,
-- Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Based on information received from the Paper Bag Council of the American Forest and Paper Association:
400 bags
-- Freehold Learning Center
-- Freehold, NJ
Hello Again! This is Theresa Emmolo from New Milford, NJ and I am writing to you with an update for our Earth Day Groceries Project 1998. Our two K-3 elementary schools B.F. Gibbs School and Berkley School both participated and through the combined efforts of our teachers, administrators, parents, students, and local Shop Rite, we were able to decorate 650 grocery bags! This was a wonderful feat for our first year! Everyone was very excited about this project and worked very hard. The bags were beautiful and meaningful. Many thanks to everyone who participated. What a wonderful way to share and celebrate Earth Day!
Theresa Emmolo (
Kindergarten Teacher
B.F. Gibbs School
On April 23rd we held our 4th annual Earth Day Fair. About 35 schools were involved. We partnered with the Super Foodtown of Oakhurst, NJ to provide the Earth Day Grocery Bags as one of our activities for the students who attended. This was our first year and we decorated 101 bags. The kids loved having a chance to educate adults. Reports from the store indicated that the management and shoppers were pleased as well. We plan to continue with this project next year and we are hopeful that we will be able to increase the number of decorated bags.
Linda Brennen (
County-wide Earth Day Fair
Monmouth County
Students from our school in grades six, seven, and special education decorated 207 bags for the Edwards store on Olden Avenue in Trenton. Parents reported spotting our bags at parent conferences on the day after Earth Day. The students enjoyed this project immensely. Next year, we will start earlier in order to decorate a whole bundle!
Rene' Powell (
Dr. Martin L. King Middle School
Trenton, NJ
Menlo Park Terrace school #19
Ketler School of Westwood, N.J. participated in your Earth Day Grocery Bag project for the first time this year. Parents and students worked cooperatively at our environmentally themed back-to-school-night. We decorated 485 bags which were distributed at a local grocery store. Parents and students really enjoyed this project. It was wonderful for the children to share their environmental messages with the community!

Blairstown Elem. School located in beautiful Warren County New Jersey is proud to have decorated 536 paper grocery bags. The bags were put on display on the walls at our local A&P the week before Earth Day. The week of Earth Day the bags were given out filled with groceries. Students in grades Pre-first through 6th grade took part in this event. The teachers chose one student representative from each grade level to bring all the beautifully decorated grocery bags back to the A& P. Some pictures of the students and the bags will follow. What a great project !!!! A special thanks to Mr. Wayne Tracy, manager of our local A&P, for donating all the grocery bags and helping to make this a community effort.
Felix A. Staffaroni (
Blairstown Elementary
Blairstown, NJ
The Dover Township Juniorettes (young women ages 11-18) decorated 100 bags. Please add our name to your totals.
Dover Township Juniorettes
P.O. Box 5333
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
The local grocery store, Acme, provided the school with 500 grocery bags to be decorated. All the classes K-8 th grades decorated the bags with different pictures representing Earth day and protecting our environment. The school will hold and Earth day assembly on Friday, April 24.
This was a great project that both the school and the grocery store enjoyed! Thank you for sharing your idea!
Anna Rasmussen (
St. Virgil's School
Morris Plains, NJ
Hi, my name is Joelle Charette and I am from St. Luke School in Stratford, NJ. This is our second year participating in this project. The students from St. Luke really enjoyed decorating the bags. Stratford Market, located across the street from our school, was kind of enough to donate about 300 of their bags . The manager and staff of Stratford Market were very supportive and willing to help us celebrate Earth Day. In the next couple of days they will be passing out the decorated bags to their customers and announcing over the PA system the purpose of our project. I'd like to personally thank the people from Stratford Market and you for making this project possible.
Joelle Charette (
St. Luke School
Stratford, New Jersey
Sunnybrae students found this project to be both meaningful and fun. They completed over 300 grocery bags! Happy Earth Day and thank you for a great project idea.
Liz Mikalaiatis (
Sunnybrae Elementary School
Yardville, New Jersey
Katherine D. Malone Elementary School of Rockaway Township, N.J. decorated 189 bags promoting Earth Day Messages. Our PTA coordinated the project and our local ShopRite in Rockaway N.J. let us borrow bags. The bags were great displays of art as well as letting our community know that the students are concerned about the Earth. We are also giving the students variety seed packets to take home and plant. Thanks for running this website and I'm glad I found it!!! See you in 1999.
Kathy Botwinick (
Katherine D. Malone Elementary
Rockaway Township, NJ
We joined together with our local Shop Rite grocery store and they donated the grocery bags.
343 bags were decorated with Earth Day messages and returned to the Shop Rite on 4/20/98 to be distributed on Wednesday, April 22.
Students and teachers enjoyed this project and it will most certainly be good PR for the school in our community.
Paula Green (
Somerdale Park School (k-8)
Somerdale, New Jersey
I am a fourth grade teacher at an Upper Elementary School in Mercer County New Jersey. Our school had five classes partcipate in the Earth Day Groceries project and we were able to decorate 125 bags. The grocery store we participated with was McCaffery's of West Windsor. The students really enjoyed the project. Thanks for the great idea!!!
Tracey Edwards (
West Windsor-Plainsboro UES
West Windsor, New Jersery
My name is Theresa Emmolo and I am a Kindergarten Teacher at the B.F. Gibbs School in New Milford, New Jersey. I have coordinated an Earth Day Groceries project in cooperation with our local Shop Rite in New Milford. We will be decorating 350 bags from our school and I am also working on coordinating a similiar program at our sister elementary school, the Berkley School in New Milford, New Jersey. If they are also involved, the number will be up to 650! As of right now it is at 350 for my school and I will contact you with the results of the latter. Everyone is very excited about this program and is looking forward to Earth Day 1998!
Theresa Emmolo :-)

New Jersey Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997

I am a teacher at St. Luke School, in Stratford, NJ. I was browsing the net one day when I came across your project. I thought it was great. After work one day I went across the street to the ULTRA grocery store. I asked the manager for 300 bags for my school. This man was so supportive. I wrote him a formal letter explaining the project and then I went to pick the bags up the next day. The students of St. Luke School took a week preparing their 300 bags. I turned them in the day before Earth Day. The manager told me that there would be making an announcement all day about the project over their PA system. I thought that was neat. I think I included all of the information needed. Thanks again for the project! Have a great day!
Joelle Charette
Our school is the Peter Muschal School. We are located in Bordentown, New Jersey. Our school decorated about 650 bags that were then handed out at our local Acme. Our students had a great time decorating the bags!
Ann Marie O'Leary
Fifth Grade Teacher
I am writing to let you know that Hillside School, Livingston, NJ, participated in this years project. All students were involved, K through 5. We made 300 bags. Since our district was off the week of Earthday, we got an early start and got the bags back to the stores before our break. The teachers appreciated having a fun worthwhile activity to do with the kids as a respite from the IOWAs, which coincided with our last week of school. The only problem for us was finding bags that were blank, since around here those bags carry advertising. We had to settle for the bags without the handles. Thats OK, I'm sure there were some very surprised customers! This project was done with the cooperation of our fantastic PTA. Thanks for all your hard work in organizing this activity!
Christopher Ebneth,
special education teacher
Hi, this was our first year participating in Earth Day Grocery Bags. The whole school enjoyed this project. It was great public relations for both the school and the local grocery store. We participated with the A&P in Cliffwood, NJ.
We decorated 431 brown paper bags. Students from K through 6 were able to send out environmentally friendly messages.
Patricia J. Hillyer
Ravine Drive School
Matawan, NJ
Hi everyone! This is the Barclay Brook Elementary School reporting from Monroe Township, New Jersey. We have decorated 294 Earth Day bags for the love of our earth. Thanks for the chance to participate!
P. D'Anna
Barclay Brook
Monroe Township, New Jersey
We are the Pine Grove Elementary School K-2. We enjoyed this Earth Day project immensely. All 465 of our students wrote messages and illustrated bags from four different local markets. Sharing our Earth Day messages with the community was great!
Jane Goldweber
Pine Grove Manor Elementary K-2
Somerset, NJ central Jersey near Rutgers
Our 6th grade Roots and Shoots Club sponsored the Earth Day Grocery Bag project. We collected 536 bags decorated by students in our school from kindergarten through sixth grade. They will be handed out tomorrow on Earth Day at the Shoprite in Berlin, N.J.
Sharon Hulbert
Dwight D. Eisenhower School
West Berlin, New Jersey
School Number Seven in Perth Amboy, New Jersey has participated in your Earth Day Grocery Bag project. We contributed over 250 bags to the Shop-Rite in our city. The students enjoyed decorating the bags and discussing environmental issues. We would enjoy receiving email reports from other schools. HAPPY EARTH DAY MARK!
Linda Teuver
Hi Mark, Greetings from School One in Clifton, New Jersey! Just wanted to inform you that our school decorated 500 grocery bags for Earth Day! We'd like to be informed of your total national count. You can either e-mail us or write to us c/o Tracy Sterni, Grade 5 Teacher, School One, 158 Park Slope, Clifton, NJ 07011.
Happy Earth Day,
School One
This is the Freehold Learning Center, a K-5 open school in Freehold Borough, New Jersey. We are participating in the Earth Day Grocery Bag project. We are currently decorating 420 grocery bags to get the Earth Day message out to the people of our town.
Thanks for the idea!
Students at Freehold Learning Center
Diane Tennis

New Jersey Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996

We're Upper Township Elementary School in Cape May County, New Jersey. We decorated 492 grocery bags and delivered them to the Acme Market in Cedar Square, Seaville, NJ. Our students really enjoyed this project and being part of Earth Day, 1996. Thank you and your students for all your hard work. See you in '97!

Tammi Pittaro,
fourth grade teacher,
Upper Township Elem. School

My name is Debbie Stapenski and I teach computer literacy for 7th and 8th graders at Applegarth Middle School in Cranbury, NJ.
My students decorated 100 grocery bags which were graciously donated to us by Edwards Super Food Store in the Concordia Shopping Center, Cranbury, NJ. They will be delivered this evening so the store will have them. I am forwarding pictures as soon as they are ready. We enjoyed doing the project. Please include me on your list of recipients of other schools' reports.

Happy Earth Day,
Debbie Stapenski

New Jersey Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995

Thanks for your response. Everything worked out well. Grades two through six decorated 400 bags and gave them to two different supermarkets and got a very nice response. I hope you'll send the results of the project. School address is: Susan Dechnik
 Riverton Public School
 5th and Howard Streets
  Riverton, New Jersey 08077