New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1999

Grace Moone
Marbletown Elementary School
Stone Ridge, New York
Bags decorated: 350
Comments: WE had a great time decorating the bags. Five third grade classes participated as part of their Community Service project. The students are part of a Learn and Serve America Grant. We are studying our local watershed. We used the theme WOW - Watch Our Watershed. The students drew symbols and pictures to help remind people about what is in the watershed and why it is important!
What fun to see the bags in the store again, and wathc them go "home" and even get reused because the were decorated so well.
This was the first year that our school participated in this project. The teachers and students enjoyed the project very much. We decorated 800 bags. Students from Pre-K through 5th participated in decorating the bags. Even though our school was out for vacation the day the bags were handed out, the children wanted to do the project. Our local store Paton's Super Duper was very supportive and gave us all the bags we needed. Our local paper ran articles about the project and took pictures the day the bags were handed out. This was a wonderful project that helped reinforce lessons done in the classroom. We hope to continue to do this next year. Thank you!
Marcia Cottrell
Curriculum Services Teacher (K-12)
Sodus Central School
Sodus, New York
We began this project as just fourth graders but soon everybody else wanted to help us decorate bags and get out the Earth Day message! We had great fun putting this together. Our bags were delivered to local stores the day before Earth Day. Thanks for letting us help out!
Mrs. Ruller's Fourth Graders
Woodside Elementary School
Peekskill, New York

Mrs K. Pepe
Solvay Elementary School
Solvay, New York 13209
Bags decorated: 84
Michelle Iwankow
Sweet Home Middle School
Amherst, NY 14226 USA
Bags decorated: 1,000
Comments: The students really enjoyed doing this project. It made them more aware of what Earth Day is all about and they even suggested doing various other tasks to help our environment. We are looking forward to doing it next year!
We returned this week from vacation so I appologize for the date of this message. We had participants from grades K-5 in our small rural school in upstate New York. I picked up the grocery bags for about 200 students ( we have about 350 ) and we painted, pasted pictures and drew the most wonderful scenes for Earth Day. Then I returned them to the local grocery store to be shared with the townspeople during the week of vacation which included Earth Day !
When we returned I had many students excitedly report they had not only gotten these unique materpieces but some had even managed to convince the cashier to look through all those bags and give them the one they created !
We had a great time doing a little research, a lot of talking and making these bags for the community. We certainly will look forward to participating in the future as this was our first year and it was a great success !
I did take several pictures of my class in the process and can send them via e-mail if my luck holds in the process. I'm new at this techie thing !
Thanks !!
Diana Holmblad
Remsen Central School
Remsen, NY
Diana Holmblad
Remsen, NY USA
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: We had a great time joining all of you. I am trying to send pics but am hung up on the techie thing still - I haven't given up yet.
Our school participated in the grocery bags project for the first time this year. The art teacher did the project with 1st and 2nd graders. We made 150 bags. They were distributed to Hannaford Market, Niskayuna , N.Y.
Sue Lucas
Hillside Elementary School
Niskayuna ,N.Y.
The children had a great time decorating the bags! Looking forward to next year!
Doreen Licursi
Northside Blodgett Middle School
Corning, New York
Bags decorated: 329

The students at William O. Schaefer School decorated 128 bags. The students in the following classes participated in the project: Mrs. Schaefer's class, Mrs. Stern's Class, Miss Savarese's class, Mrs. Griffith's class, Mr. Kolman-Mandle's class, Mrs. Foster's class, and Mrs. Rudolph's class. The bags were displayed at C-Town in Orangeburg, New York. We thought it was a fun project because we decorated bags with Earth Day slogans. The customers at C-Town were able to bring home a piece of artwork.
In addtion to the Earth Day Bag Project, we also made costumes from our extra brown paper bags. On Friday, April 23, we performed an Earth Day Presentation for the kids in our school and our parents. We also had a bake sale. We raised $87 dollars and next week, we will buy and plant a tree at school.
We would like to thank Mrs. Pollack for writing the play. Extra thanks to Mrs. Mooney, Mrs. Schaefer, Mrs. Schwartz , Ms. Hoffee and Mrs. Mindes, our student teacher. An extra special thanks to Al and Sam at C-Town.
Thank you Mr. Ahlness , for creating this project. Adolfo, Elizabeth, Cindy, Paul, Justin, Eddie, Tyler, Franco, Michael, Byron, Ray, Marissa, Clara, Margaret, Brittni, Alannah, Heather, Christina, Ryan, Simone and Andrew.
(The students of Mrs. Schaefer's third grade class)
The students of Pine Tree Elementary School (located in Monroe, N.Y.) decorated about 1,100 grocery bags. They were delivered to a local grocery store by my (Mrs, Lang's) class. The students handed out their grocery bags to customers, to be used to bag their groceries. While doing this they gave customers a brief explanation as to why they drew what they did on their particular bags.
This project was enjoyed by all. Many meaningful Earth Day messages were delivered via grocery bags. My students really enjoyed personally handing out their hand decorated bags and seeing them used.
Local and regional papers were there to record and report on the efforts by Pine Tree students to help the community remember Earth Day.
Rosemarie Lang
Irene Cronin
Valley Cottage Elementary School
Valley Cottage, NY USA
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: The student at Valley Cottage Elementary School grades K-5 decorated 400 bags. Thanks to the A&P in Valley Cottage this project was very successful.
Mrs. Janet Kendrick
Lima Primary School
First Grade Teacher
Lima, New York 14485
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: I discovered your project while searching for Earth Day ideas for my first graders on the internet. I shared the information about the project with a technology support group I sponsor in my school and they were excited about trying it with me. Four first grades, two second grades and two kindergarten classes participated. When our bags were decorated, we walked to the local Big M grocery store and presented them to the owner, Mr. Claire Milburn, who donated the bags to us. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the activity and the environmental awareness it promoted. My goal for Earth Day 2000 is to get all sixteen classes in our school to participate in the project!
Jeanette Davidson
St. John the Evangelist School
Schenectady, New York, USA
Bags decorated: 312
Comments: Our fifth grade teacher's dad owns a grocery store and he supplied the bags (L&M Market, Schenectady). The students were encouraged to shop at the store on Earth Day to receive their groceries in a beautiful bag. It was reported that customers were coming to the store and wanted just a great bag!
Maryam Ek-Hellberg
Warring Magent Academy
Poughkeepsie, New York
Bags decorated: 418
Comments: I saw this in Science and Children and decided to try it with my class that I am student teaching with and then i realized that i might be able to get the whole school involved and so i asked. It was the greattest thing ever. All the kids did a wonderful job and Shop Rite hung some bags up on a bulliten board and It looked great. i am so pleased with this project that in the fall i will do it with my class if i get a job. Thanks for a inspring so many young children to appreciate their communities.
Dianne Knapp
Ralph R. Smith Elememtary School
Hyde Park, NY/Dutchess County 12538
Bags decorated: 100
Comments: The students took the part of artists with a social conscience. Their artwork had a message: Take good care of the earth!
Lisa Pizzolla
Lee F. Jackson School
White Plains, NY 10607
Bags decorated: 295
Comments: This was a great project! My Classes enjoyed doing this for earth day. Pathmark in Hartsdale was very happy and excited about this project that they want a picture to go in there compainy new letter. I hope that Pathmark will start using brown bags. Thanks to the company that gave our school the brown bags. I look forward to doing this project next year.
Mrs. Sandra Falsioni
Washington ElementarySchool
Lackawanna, NY
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: Local Quality Market more than happy to oarticipate. We are a Kindergarten only school of 200 students and it was a great Earth Day project that the whole school co do and enjoy. Thanks
Teresa Eberhard
Queen of Heaven School
West Seneca, NY, USA
Bags decorated: 375
Sherry Watorek
Cassadaga Elementary School and Fredonia State College
Cassadaga, New York
Bags decorated: 210
Comments: This project idea was wonderful! The 2nd-5th grade students at Cassadaga Elementary School enjoyed decorating over 200 grocery bags donated by ShurFine grocery.
Patricia E. Connor
Maplewood Community Library
Rochester, NY
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: In a joint program sponsored by Rochester City Schools #7, #34 and #41, the Maplewood Community Libary and the Charlotte Public Library (both branches of the Rochester Public Library System), families gathered on Saturday, April 10th for "Books Alive". The program consisted of storytelling, crafts, games and a visit from a clown. One of the activities was decorating bags from Wegmans Food and Pharmacy on Driving Park Ave. The bags were returned to Wegams for use on Thursday, April 22. 200 bags were decorated.
Joan Sweeney
New Lane Elem. Sch.
Bags decorated: 250
Comments: Our 11 third grade classes really enjoyed the earth day grocery bag project! This was our first year and hopefully we'll continue since it was so well received. We sent our bags to Waldbaums Grocery store in Selden, L.I.,N.Y.. Anyone interested in the Environmental Exchange Program please feel free to contact me, we would be interested. Thanks again!

Dawn Roy
Hunter College Elementary School
New York, New York 1012
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: The third graders participated in this project with the support of a local grocer. They loved it and enjoyed seeing their bags distributed.
Rosann Libretto
Susan E. Wiley Elementary School - second graders
Copiague, New York
Bags decorated: 153
Comments: Edwards Food Store in Amityville, New York was very happy to supply the grocery bags and distribute them on Earth Day. The children enjoyed the project and are looking forward to doing it again next year. It was a very effective way of spreading the message about reusing and recycling.
Mrs.Susan Stiefel
Forest Road Elementary School
Valley Stream, NY 11582
Bags decorated: 384
Comments: This 4th grade class sponsored the Earth Day grocery bag project for the Forest Road School. All the children in the school decorated their Waldbaums bags during their art class with their art teacher, Mrs. Susan Baron. These bags were given to customers on Earth Day, 1999. Mrs.Stiefel's class hopes that everyone in the Millbrook community will preserve our environment.
Sherry Edbauer
Delevan Elementary School at Pioneer Central
Delevan, NY
Bags decorated: 594
Comments: Many teachers thought it was a wonderful idea. The students seemed to enjoy it. Many wanted to go to the store to get their bags back! We , as a building enjoyed doig it too.
Just letting you know my school participated in the earh day grocery bag project on the third grade level-- we have 11 third grades, decorating 250 bags, the name of our school is New Lane Elem. Sch. in Selden, NY. The children really enjoyed this program and this idea was excellent!!! Thank you.
Joan Sweeney
Juli Hansen- Ficano
Staten Island, NY 10310
Bags decorated: 145
Comments: Three classes at ps 45, staten island, worked on the bag project. Our kids really enjoyedn it, and learned alot.
Bridget Norman
Sunrise Dr. Elementary School
Sayville, NY
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: Thanks for letting us get involved in such a terrific project. Four third grade classes at Sunrise Dr. Elementary School (Sayville, NY) participated: Mrs. Abrams' Class, Mrs. Falco's Class, Mrs. Michaels' Class and Mrs. Norman's class. With the generous donation of bags by our local supermarket, Grand Union, we were able to distribute our Earth Day sentiments to our community. Looking forward to doing it again next year!
My name is Irene Cronin. I am student teaching at Valley Cottage Elementary School (in Rockland County New York), where I coordinated your project. I found the website address in a classroom management magazine I subscribe to. I am writing to tell you that the students at Valley Cottage Elementary decorated 400 bags. We worked together with the A&P in Valley Cottage. They were extremely helpful and more than happy to supply the bags. Thank you very much and please give me any further information I might need from this point in the project.
Joey Patrucco
Furnace Woods School
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: All of the students of Furnace Woods Elementary School(K-5) particpated in decorating grocery bags for our local A&P grocery store. The students enjoyed relaying their Earth Day messages on the bags. We hope to particpate again next Earth Day.
Mrs. Cranston
St. Joseph School - Grade 1
Kingston, New York
Bags decorated: 41
Comments: We had fun decorating the bags.
Kathleen Sullivan
Enders Road Elementary School
Manlius, New York (just outside of Syracuse, New York) USA
Bags decorated: 600
Comments: The children in grades K-4 at our school absolutely adored decorating the bags and returning them to the local P&C grocery store here in Manlius! A camera crew from the local news station filmed the children decorating their bags and they also filmed my second graders during their computer class while they sent e-mail to Senator Nelson via an internet site provided by The Wilderness Society. This project has been a huge success. We like to call the decorated bags "Smart art!" Thank you for providing us with the chance to participate!
Joanne Kwan
Estelle and Alfonso's Preschool
Fishkill,New York
Bags decorated: 60
Comments: Although we are a small school of only 60 students, the idea of this project really appealed to us. With the cooperation of our local supermarket, our students worked hard to decorate the bags with Earth Day messages and pictures. The idea of their bags being given out to shoppers also delighted the children. This project also tied in nicely with our theme of recycling and what Earth Day is about. We were more than happy to be able to participate and hope to do it again next year!
Miss Enders
Our Lady Help of Christians
Brooklyn, NY
Bags decorated: 34
Comments: We had as great time decorating the bags! What a fun idea! Thanks to Elaine's Deli for helping us with our project.
We are the Fourth Grade class at Our Lady Help of Christians School we participated in the Bag Beautification Project. Thank You for the wonderful idea! We are a small class of seventeen students so we each made 2 bags. We finished 34 bags in all. Next year we plan to do more! The grocery store that helped us was Elaine's Deli in Brooklyn, NY. Our school in located in Brooklyn as well.
Thank You,
Fourth Grade at O.L.H.C
This is the first year that the South Street School in Manorville, NY participated in the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. The project was coordinated by Jennifer Close, Cathy Dries, and Christine Maniaci. Children in grades K to 3 decorated 230 bags during EXPO ‘99 workshops and art classes. Students from Alice Castoro's, Liz Evans', Sonny Rotella's, and Karin Ryon's classes spent additional time working on the project. A special thanks to teachers Gregory Barbera and Jennifer Harling for their assistance. The 230 bags (with messages and creative artwork supporting backyard habitats, birds, wildlife, recycling, and gardening) were delivered to Waldbaums in Center Moriches, NY for distribution. A South Street School “Thank You” to store manager Manny Schuch. We look forward to participating in this successful project for Earth Day 2000!
Cathy Dries
South Street School
Manorville, NY
You can see our project at:
Clinton Avenue Elementary had 443 bags decorated.
Susan Silverman

Mr. Mark A. Robert
South Jefferson Central School
Adams , NY 13605
Bags decorated: 25
MS. Porrata
P.S. 92 Mary McCloud Bethune
Harlem, New York
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: In Harlem, NYC our grocery stores only use plastic bags so we decided to participate with our local deli which uses paper bags. The children are very excited to see their bags used with Earth Day messages and decorations. We will definitely participate again next year. The deli is awarding a prize to the most beautifully decorated bag.
Christie Hodgkins
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Bags decorated: 26
Comments: As part of our afterschool program called Park Explorers, children in grades K-2 and their adult partners decorated bags donated by Gristedes, a neighborhood market.
Bags decorated: 450

Comments: The kids loved decorating the bags and are looking forward to seeing them at the local supermarket!
Ada Marcus
P.S. 46
Bayside, New York

Bags decorated: 431
Comments: What a great project! The Big M in our town was very excited about the program and donated grocery bags to our school. Then the 5th grade "Cove" class organized the project and distributed the grocery bags to each class in our elementary school. The children from K though 6 were extremely creative and we are proud of the message we sent through the community. It was great fun and we plan to participate every year now!
5th Grade Cove Class
Alexandria Central
Alexandria Bay, NY USA
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: We are happy to do our part to save our Earth!
Brigid Nussbickel
Arlington Elementary School
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603
Bags decorated: 46
Two third grade classes decorated Tops supermarket grocery bags with many Save the Earth slogans and designs. Our thanks go out to the Tops supermarket on Transit Rd. in Depew, NY.
Kathleen Kozma
Cayuga Heights Elem in Depew, NY
Depew,NY Erie county
Bags decorated: 20
Brady Cohen
#6 school
529 Bunker Court North Woodmere N.Y.
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: We are a Roman Catholic School in Dutchess County New York with about 200 children. This is our first year doing this project but the children seemed to really enjoy it. We got the bags from a local Grand Union in our area who were more than happy to help us out. I am sure we will be doing this again next year and we are going to try and double the bags we do.
Jill DuPilka
St. Peters School
Hyde Park< NY 12538
Bags decorated: 63
Comments: Public School 10X @J101X is a Special Education school in the New York City Board of Education, part of District 75. This is our first Earth Day participation.
Philip Navarrete
Public School 10X @ J101X
Bronx, New York, USA
Bags decorated: 400
We think that it is very important to take care of our Earth. We have read a lot about this special day. Your project idea is a great way to help people in the community remember Earth Day. We had a lot of fun doing the project!
Melissa Dorchak
Ridgeway School
White Plains, New York
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: This is a wonderful Earth day project. I plan on participating every year.
Janelle Wieszczyk
St. Hyacinth
Dunkirk, NY USA
Bags decorated: 17
Lynn Coleman
Tumbling Tykes Preschool
Endwell, New York 13850
Please enter our school to your list of particapating schools. Thank you for sending the certificate for our school. We were very happy to receive it. Our school decorated 100 bags that were donated by Edwards Supermarket. We would also like to know if you have any other activities for grade school children.
St. Mel's School
Flushing, NY
Thank you,
Barbara Stiegelbauer
Bags decorated: 212
Comments: We walked to our local grocery store, cleaned up their parking lot and the banks of the creek that runs behind the store, and then obtained the bags from the store manager. Most of our bags were decorated at our booth at our school's annual environmental fair. This was an enormous success with enthusiastic support! We'll do it again next year.
Dave Budgar/Katie Paxton/Nancy Johnstone
Quest Elementary School
Hilton, New York, USA
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: This is a very exciting project!! The students in the school really enjoyed decorating the grocery bags. Everyone who shops at Walbaums in Baldwin on Earth Day will know that the students at Brookside School care about the environment.
Michelle Kiley
Brookside School
Baldwin, New York, USA
Bags decorated: 225
St. Joseph's School in Croton Falls, New York is a small Pre-K through 8th grade parochial school located in Westchester County. This is the second year we have participated in the Earth Day grocery bag project. Each student from Pre-k through grade 8 carefully decorates his/her own bag. Some classes work with their buddy class. This is when younger children are paired with older students. Last year our principal received a call from someone who had received one of our decorated grocery bags. She was so pleased with the special Earth Day message she received that she had to call to tell her.
Nancy Malcolm
ST. Joseph's School
Croton Falls, New York
Hello Mr. Ahlness, I'm writing from Warrensburg Elementary School in Warrensburg, N.Y. I read about your project in Copycat magazine, approached our principal, Mr. Lawson, and the project was enthusiastically accepted by all. Our local Grand Union, under management of Mr. Oathout and the IGA owned by Mr. Toney, donated the bags. I'm proud to say we decorated 668 . It is a great idea and the kids did a wonderful job.
Best wishes, Glenda Garcia
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: I am very excited to hear about a project of this type. I am pleased to take part in this type of project.
Keith Ess
Parley Coburn Elementary
Elmira, New York, USA
We are from F.P. Donnelly Elementary School in Conklin, N.Y. and we are going to participate in decorating paper bags given to us from our local grocery store called Reliable. There 26 people in our class and 25 people in the other 4th grade class. In total, 51 bags will be decorated and reused on Earth Day 1999.
Donnelly Elementary
SEAFORD HARBOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL located in SEAFORD, NEW YORK, received bags from Pathmark, in Seaford and returned 650 BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED BAGS in honor of our great EARTH!
Melissa Cestro and Amy Christian
Seaford, New York
Bags decorated: 200
Comments: The students from fourth to sixth grades in our school decorated the Earth Day bags. They were very enthusiastic about promoting environmental awareness and did a terrific job on their slogans and logos. I think they also felt proud to share their concern and respect for our beautiful Earth.
Mrs. Theresa Sarin
St.William the Abbot
2001 Jackson Ave, Seaford,NY 11793 USA
Bags decorated: 55
Mrs. Lori Watson, Mrs. Mary Anne Pageau, Mrs. Mary Barnes
Chateaugay Central School
Chateaugay, NY 12920
Bags decorated: 1025
Garden Street Elementary School in Brewster, NY (U.S.A.) participated in this Earth Day Grocery Project. The students at the school decorated 1025 paper grocery bags with environmental messages. On Earth Day April 22nd these bags will be used to pack groceries to shoppers from our Local A&P. Besides carrying an environmental message, each bag has the name of the school and some wonderful artwork. This is the first year that this educational effort has been coordinated on the Internet nationwide!
Vicki Hershfield
Garden Street School
Brewster, NY U.S.A.
Bags decorated: 260
The kids had a great time decorating their bags and looking at this web site! Thank you for putting it together!
Beth Munro
Colden Elementary School
Colden, New York
Bags decorated: 46
Dianne Lansing
4th Grade- Westport Central School
Westport, NY USA
I am aming for 23,but I have not yet let the class know about it yet.
Charles Fee
Hannibal Central School
Hannibal, New York, United States
Bags decorated: 80
Comments: I wish I had discovered this site earlier. I would have tried to involve the whoe school.
Joan Maywalt
Charles E. Riley School, first grades
Oswego, NY, USA
Bags decorated: 700
Comments: 1999 was the first year that our school decorated Earth Day grocery bags. Our students were thrilled to learn that their art work would be given to customers at our local SuperValu grocery store on Earth Day. We decorated about 700 bags, which look terrific. The experience was a great way for students to learn the importance of taking care of our planet. Since the community is involved, the project is an authentic experience for students and the message will reach many people. This was a great project.
Allison Chandler
Voorheesville Elementary School
Voorheesville, New York 12186
Bags decorated: 25
Great project!! The kids loved it. It is nice being represented in our local supermarket.
mike gerace
Seaford Harbor Elementary School
Seaford NY 11783
This is the second year that our school has participated in this project. The project was brought to our attention by a member of our Compact Committee. The entire school Grades K -5 are involved in this project. The decorating of the grocery bags with environmental messages is under the direction of our Art teacher.The 400 grocery bags are then returned to Price Chopper where customers receive a decorated bag packed with their groceries. The children enjoy this project very much and it is continued by the classroom teachers with lessons on our environment annd how we can protect it. We also have a yearly Earth Day Program which consists of poems, essays and posters created by the students.It is a schoolwide event.
Teresa Hayes
RJ McNulty Elementary School / GASD
Amsterdam, New York
We decorated 46 grocery bags given to us from the TOPS supermarket.
Mrs. Kathleen Kozma
Cayuga Heights Elementary Depew, NY

New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998

When planning Earth Day activities at my company this year, West Valley Nuclear Services (a contractor with the Department of Energy and New York State Energy Research & Development Agency), I found your story about the grocery bag program on the internet. Our company partners with the local school and has a mentoring program with students from Grades 3 - 12. Each year we have a community outreach program with area schools during Earth Day. My goal was to have my company, the mentoring students, the elementary students (K-6), and the local market join forces in sharing their "Pollution Solutions" with the overall community.
The mentoring students adopted classes and went to each classroom and gave presentations about the program. Students were asked to come up with messages that focused on air, water and land pollution prevention.
The elementary school has approximately 300 students and we received 293 colorful bags which were then hand-delivered to the market to be given out to customers. Our photographer took pictures of the mentors handing out bags for our company newsletter. Since most of the students included their first name and grade, the proprietor of the West Valley Market cheerfully hand-selected bags for families that came in requesting their child's artwork and message for Earth Day. (We have a very small community!)
We had a contest for the most creative, most original, best presentation, and best message bags and 24 students won prizes.
This program was a win-win situations for everyone involved. Our company received goodwill and publicity for being an environmentally-conscious good neighbor, the mentoring students adopted classes and become role models for the younger children and honed some of their presentation skills, the elementary students learned about the environment and 'told their story' on the grocery bags, the local market was seen as another partner with the school, and the members of the community was able to take home the students' messages.
To sum it up, this turned out to be an excellent vehicle to communicate the importance of taking care of our earth and to practice the 3 R's of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Thank you for letting us share in the fun!
Cathy Atkinson (
West Valley Central School
West Valley, New York
For the first time the students at the Kildonan School participated in the Earth Day Grocery Project. In their Science classes each of the students decorated a grocery bag provided by the Grand Union in Amenia, New York. The students decorated 32 bags which were then given back to the Grand Union to be distributed. They really enjoyed participating in the project and learned about types of pollution and ways to help preserve our environment.
Tammy Polhemus (
The Kildonan School
Pleasant Valley, New York
I am writting to you to give you information about our participation in the Earth Day Groceries project.318 bags were designed by students in grades k-5, from the Montauk Public School, (Montauk, NY 11954). The bags were provided by The Paper Bag Council of the American Forest and Paper Association. They were distributed by the local IGA on Earth Day. Even though this was the 5th annual Earth Day Groceries Project, this was the 1st year that Montauk School participated. Two of the bags were kept and sent to Coleen Shine, in Arlington Virginia(she's from the paper council) so that they may be used by her for public relations purposes. We loved the project and the community did too!
Alice Housenecht and Sue Nicoletti
In order to promote environmental awareness, Huntington Intermediate School, in Huntington, New York, recently held a Pollution Solution Fair. As their contribution to the fair, the students in the fifth grade classes of Ms. Bartsch, Mrs. Ricco, Mrs. Regan and Miss Von Vange participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project 1998.
Southdown Supermarket generously donated one hundred-fifty bags which the students enthusiastically decorated and delivered to the store on April 21st. On Earth Day, April 22nd, delighted customers received their groceries in gaily decorated bags which contained various environmental messages.
The Earth Day Groceries Project enabled the students to participate in various cross curricular activities such as creating graphs in Mathematics class, writing poetry in Language Arts class, and in Social Studies, incorporating the Earth Day Groceries Project results of their respective states, in their Hyperstudio State Presentations.
The Earth Day Groceries Project enabled the children to form a partnership with a merchant in their community, in order to promote environmental awareness not only in our village, but throughout the world.
The following poem, written by Jenny, best describes the children's feelings towards pollution.

dirty, disgusting
polluting, destroying, killing
it can be prevented
Jean/Joe (

Ithaca City School District Earth Day Project
Our local supermarkets, Tops, P & C, and Greenstar, assisted us by providing the bags, distributing the bags, and by displaying our Earth Day banner and posters. The community was encouraged to ask for an Earth Day bag in the participating supermarkets on Earth Day, and to follow the messages written on the bags.

Curricular Ties
In the elementary schools, instruction on Earth Day was done by the classroom. teacher. Some of the signs were hand drawn in the art class, some in the classroom, and some classes used the computer to design the signs. At the middle school the signs were done using the computer, and by hand. The project was completed in science, social studies, English and in math classes. In math class students used compasses and straightedges as part of their geometric construction unit to create endangered animal designs. The science class cleaned up the school yard. The math class massed and measured all of the trash picked up by the science class and compared it to the percent of trash collected in the world each year. The social studies and English classes studied ecology and how it impacts society.

How We Used Technology
Our students used computers to make the Earth Day signs that we attached to our bags. We use Kid Pix to produce the signs. By using technology, we were able to print multiple copies of the signs. We also used the computer to generate signs as well as download globes from the National Earth Day Page. These computer generated signs allowed our younger students to color in the signs and have printed Earth Day messages on them as well. Teachers also used the computer to email each other the Earth Day messages their classes put on the bags. This information was used to assist us to make our Earth Day Web Page. We created a district Web page as well as one for each school participating. The school Web page displayed the bags their students had made and the messages that were written on the bags. Our District Earth Day Web page included books we read about Earth Day, community events, public TV shows on Earth Day Topics, Earth Day Web sites, and links to each of the school Web pages. In the middle school, students searched the Internet to find information on how to preserve the Earth. They also shared with others what we were doing in our school for Earth Day. Students used the Internet to find Earth Day slogans and messages that they could use.

This campaign was highly publicized by a public service announcement produced by Casey Stevens of WHCU Radio which featured students from DeWitt Middle School. This 60 second announcement ran 1 week prior to Earth Day. Channel 7 News did two stories about our Earth Day Project. They interviewed teachers about the Earth Day lessons we were providing to students, encouraged the public to ask for an Earth Day bag, and provided coverage in local supermarkets on Earth Day. The Ithaca Journal assisted us as well to publicized this event. Articles were also written in school and classroom newsletters. Earth Day banners were placed in the Supermarkets along with signs asking customers to please ask for an Earth Day bag.

Many teachers were involved with the project. Please visit our Earth Day ( Web site to see our bags, slogans and other information pertaining to Earth Day.

Ithaca City School District (, Ithaca, NY
Participating Schools:
DeWitt Middle School ( 6th Grade,
Northeast ( and
Beverly J. Martin ( Elementary Schools
Bags Distributed: 1,127
Project Coordinator: Valerie White(,
Technology Integration

The fourth and fifth grade Gifted and Talented Program at Cairo Elementary School in upstate Cairo, New York (Catskill Mountain Region) participated in the 1998 Earth Day Groceries Project. Students at the school decorated 630 bags! The bags were used to pack the community's groceries on Earth Day. Everyone was very pleased to see the wonderful artwork and environmental logos.
Maria J. Suttmeier (
Cairo Elementary
Cairo, New York

This is P.S./I.S. 121's first year of participating in this wonderful project. Our students from grades K thru 8 decorated over 700 paper bags with creative artwork and Earth Day messages to make our community environmentally aware. Thanks to Dale Gages and 5Star Catering for donating the bags and distributing them to their many customers.
During earth week, the students learned about protecting the earth and the value of spreading that knowledge to everyone. The students loved this free and fun way to become involved in taking care of our planet. What an exciting way to contribute--by being a small part of this Earth Day International Movement. Thank you so much for organizing this project that helped to connect students from all over the world.
We will spread the word for 1999!!!!!
Submitted by Donna M. Menicucci/Earth Day Coordinator
P.S./I.S. 121
Principal: Mr.Esposito
"The School That Makes A Difference"
5301 20th Avenue---- Brooklyn,New York 11204

This is the second year that we participated in the Earth Day Gocery Bag Project. Quality Markets of Randolph gladly supplied the grocery bags again this year. Before they distributed groceries in these beautifully decorated bags, they displayed them throughout the store. We decorated 216 bags.
We look forward to paticipating again next year!
Beth Olson (
Gail N. Chapman Elem. School
Randolph, NY
We had eight sixth grade classes and two forth grade classes participate. Each student decorated one bag which was a total of 238 bags. The bags were sent to East Fishkill Provisions and an article was published about our project in the Southern Dutchess News. Thank You for sharing your project with us.
S.PRUSAKOWSKI, J.Owen, and K. Hynes (
Kinry Road Elementary
Poughkeepsie, New York
This Earth Day the students at Forest Avenue Elementary School decorated 300 grocery bags. The bags were distributed at the Edwards grocery store in West Babylon.
West Babylon's website -
Forest Avenue Elementary School's website -
Jennifer Masciangelo (
Forest Avenue School
West Babylon, NY 11703
Traver Road Primary School in Pleasant Valley, NY has participated in this project for the past three years. Our local farm market has come to look forward to our gloriously decorated bags; bags with a conscience. Our kindergarten through third grade students decorated 634 bags this year as a part of our week long Earth Day activities. Many thanks to Marc and the sponsors of this event.
Eric Gidseg
New Paltz, NY
Mrs. Schaefer's class at the Wiilam O Schaefer School in Orangeburg, New York decorated 23 bags. Beth Mindes, an education student at St. Thomas Acquinas College, organized the project. Our bags were displayed at C Town in Orangeburg, prior to being distributed on Earth Day. The students were very proud to share their Earth Day messages with the community. This was a great project.
Beth Mindes (
William O Schaefer School, Mrs. Schaefer's class
Rockland County, New York
Happy Earth Day everyone! The Team B sixth graders at Northside Blodgett Middle School in Corning, New York had a great time celebrating Earth Day. The 85 students began our week long celebration by decorating 104 grocery bags to be used at P&C grocery store. The students were excited about spreading the message that we need to care for the earth. The teachers were amazed at the talent and hard work that went into designing and coloring the bags. We've included photos of the kids at work and of some of their results.
We followed up this activity with a neighborhhood clean up. The weather cooperated and we all enjoyed a school day outside in the sunshine while doing a good deed for the community, the earth and ourselves. The mayor even came out to meet us and thank us. This is the 4th year we have participated in these activities and plan to continue in the years to come.
Doreen Licursi
Northside Blodgett Middle School
Corning, New York

This is our first year participating in the Project. Two sixth grade classes, three seventh grade teams, and one eighth grade team participated. The students really put thought and creativity into their messages. Hopefully the message will have a lasting impact on the community! The Endicott Price Chopper graciously donated the grocery bags. Our school decorated 350 bags this year. Thank you for the wonderful idea to help build community awareness about the state of our environment. We look forward to participating again next year!
Terre Trupp (
Jennie F. Snapp Middle School
Endicott, NY
We used bags from our local Edwards Super Store on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck Village. Mr. Lach, the manager, generously donated 400 brown bags to be decorated for Earth Day! Our children had a wonderful time doing it and learned timely lessons on community service and environmental recycling. This was a terrific idea and we look forward to doing it again next year.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Evelyn Skelly (
Lakeville Elementary School
47-27 Jayson Avenue Great Neck New York
The first graders in our school decorated 100 bags for the Bloomfield Big M Market for Earth Day 1998.
Ann Rosati (
Bloomfield Elementary School
Bloomfield, NY
This is Kaegebein Elementary School's third year celebrating Earth Day by participating in this terrific project. Our school consists of almost 500 students, grades two through five. We are located on Grand Island, in the Niagara River between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The students took particular care to decorate bags with something meaningful to them and many were works of art. We received 500 bags from the Grand Island Tops Supermarket and can't wait until they are used on Earth Day. Thank you for organizing such an easy, worthwhile project that's good for everyone!
Patricia Ludwiczak (
Grand Island, New York
Hello from Van Etten, NY! Our school decorated 100 bags for our local Big M Market. We delivered the bags on Earth Day, some in the morning and some in the afternoon. The cashiers were pleasantly surprised by the afternoon delivery of the popular Earth Day bags! The students can be proud that they helped to make a difference in the world. Great idea for the kids and store owners! What a way to boost up some business. The kids loved this idea and didn't mind the prewriting and rewriting as they normally do! THANKS!
Sue Balland (
Van Etten Elementary
Van Etten New York
This is in regards to the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. Our school name is Eastridge Junior High School. We are located at:
Eastridge Junior High School
2350 Ridge Road East
Rochester, NY 14622
The current number of bags that are decorated is 500. Thank you!
Maryanna Mueller
P.S. Wegmans supermarket is supplying us with paper bags and rubber gloves to clean up our environment. Thank you for your work! Many departments are working on this cooperatively.
We are first graders from Peru Primary School in Peru, NY. We borrowed about 150 paper bags from our local Grand Union store and decorated them for Earth Day. Hopefully people will pay attention to our drawings.
Peru Primary
St. Joseph's School in Croton Falls, New York is a small parochial school located in Westchester County. This is our first year participating in this project. We decorated 250 bags. The students enjoyed this project and we hope to join in again next year.
Nancy Malcolm (
St. Joseph's
Croton Falls, New York

New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997

Our 6th graders have participated in this activity for the last two years without knowing there was a count being kept or an official web page for it. We've decorated roughly 100 bags each year. We'd heard about it from our librarian when we were searching for ideas for our Earth Day unit. We are looking forward to doing it again this year and with our school now online we can be a part of the global project.
Doreen Licursi
Northside Blodgett Middle School
Corning, NY
The Student Council of Armor Elementary School in Hamburg, NY, near Buffalo, is proud to report our Earth Day Groceries project. We had every child in our school K-6 Decorate a grocery bag from Tops friendly Market on South Park Ave in Hamburg. The store displayed the bags during Earth Week (April 21- 26) and used the bags on Saturday. This circulated over 570 bags into the community with Earth Day messages. Publicity photos were taken for the local newspaper. Everybody in the school enjoyed the project and can't wait to do it again next year. Please send us reports from other schools that participated this year. Also, send us information for next year's project.
Armor Elementary School
We are pleased to inform you that your Earth Day Grocery Bag idea was a success. We decorated over 450 (497) bags and then distributed them to the local Great American, Greene, N.Y. The students enjoyed decorating and designing the grocery bags which were donated by the Giant on Front Street in Binghamton . The bags had designs and advice on saving the planet we love so much and how to prevent the pollution of the environment and to decrease the destruction of forests and the ozone layer. We just wanted to let you know that we greatly appreciated your ideas, help, and concern. We would like to thank you very much for your inspiration !!!!
Chenango Forks Middle School Students

Excellent idea. The children in our school, which includes K-5th grade, decorated 1000 grocery bags. We presented the bags to our local supermarket on Friday April 18th because our school was on spring break the following week. On April 22nd the bags were handed out to the customers. Many children and their families went shopping that day just to get a bag. The name of the store was Pathmark Super store in Centereach, NY. The responses to the bags and the idea were very positive. This project enabled our school to become more involved with the community. We will definately do it again next year. Thank you for sharing!:>
Eileen Redding
Oxhead Road Elementary School
Centereach, NY 11720
The students at Heman Street Elementary SChool decorated 350 bags. These students are in grades K-2. Thanks!
Anna Maria Lankes
Heman Street Elementary School
East Syracuse, New York
Margaretville Central School
Margaretville, New York
Classes participating: 1 kindergarten, 1 3rd grade
Bags Decorated: 142
Everyone had a great time and we walked up to the store and delivered them in person. The Children enjoyed the walk.
Pathfinder Village is a private, residential village in Edmeston, NY for individuals with Down Syndrome. We did 80 bags! Yes, please send me e-mail reports on the project.
Donna A. Higgie, Recreation Director
My name is Alyssa. I am in the fifth grade. When I saw the article about Earth Day Groceries in Kid's FACE Illustrated, an environmental newsletter, I thought it would be a great idea for the whole fifth grade to try. So I went to show Mr. Milove, our wonderful science teacher. He said that it was a great idea, if I would get the bags. I went to two major local grocery chains, D'agostino's and the A&P. The managers were very nice and each gave us some paper bags. Back at the classroom, we colored beautiful pictures and messages about the environment onto the bags. Since there are about 75 fifth graders, almost everyone got two. We will finish coloring the bags and return them next week to the stores and they will distribute them to their customers.
Increase Miller Elementary School
Goldens Bridge, New York
The kindergartens and 2nd grades worked together to decorate bags for A&P and Rockridge, a local deli. We delivered 96 bags on April 23, 1997. The children get very excited making up slogans about saving Mother Earth. We waited outside the A&P until the first customer exited the store with one of our bags and applauded her. She told us she would use the beautifully decorated bag until it ripped then recycle it.
Kelly O'Donnell
Rye Country Day School
Rye, New York
I followed your link from Ednet to the groceries page. That was Thursday of last week. By Thursday afternoon I had secured 500 brown paper bags for our school from a local supermarket. By Friday morning I was spreading the word and the bags throughout our school. What started out as a spur-of-the-moment project for the two second grade classes in our school (my class is one of them) spread throughout the entire school VERY quickly! Soon all K-8 classes were involved. I dropped-off the completed bags at the supermarket Monday evening on my way home. Today, surprised shoppers were being treated to original artwork and being reminded to be kind to Earth.
Here is some of what we did:
After decorating the bags we lined our halls with the completed bags. It was easy; we simply opened the bags and sat them on the floor! It was an awesome sight to see almost 400 pieces of artwork with Earth related themes going up and down our halls! I provided a print out of the information regarding this project to the store for display as well as a printed sign to explain in brief to the shoppers. The store posted the information on their bulletin board which is adjacent to their service desk area. It gets lots of attention there! I took some photos, too, both at the store and at school.
Here is our information:
St. Teresa School
16 Hayden Street
Buffalo, New York 14221
(716) 822-4546
no internet connection for students :< (Principal's office only)
We decorated and distributed **386** bags.
The participating neighborhood supermarket was: TOPS Markets
Thanks for a super idea and for providing/sharing the information with the rest of us!
Margaret Dyte-Graczyk
We've had a great time decorating 500 bags from our local Tops store. Thanks so much for this terrific project!
Pat Ludwiczak
Kaegebein Elementary School
Grand Island, New York
Our school decorated 300 paper grocery bags for Earth Day.
Laury Kerr
Glenfield Elementary School
Glenfield, NY
Thank you once again for coordinating this project. The children of Traver Road Primary School have prepared 622 bags for Earth Day. We are a k-3 building in Pleasant Valley, NY. This is our second year participating in the project. Adams Fairacre Farms, a local produce market, provided all of the bags and will display many of them as well as use them for groceries.
Eric Gidseg
Our Fourth Grade classes decorated 190 bags for our local market. It was a great experience for the students. We have been studying about the environment and this was an active way to spread the word throughout the community. What a great idea!
We hope to participate in your project in the years ahead. Keep up the good work!
Grade Four Teachers
Tri-Valley Elementary School
Grahamsville, New York
Hi Mark! We just completed our Grocery bags...616 in all. Almost every teacher in our building participated. Our Art teacher loved the project so much, that she incorporated it into her plans. She did the project with teachers that had decided not to do the project on their own.
Our local grocery store, Quality Markets of Randolph, was very excited about participating in this great project with us. I'm taking some of the fliers that the American Forest and Paper Association produced promoting your project to Quality Markets when I drop off the bags today. Ian, a boy in my room, was lucky enough to have his bag displayed on the flier! We're very proud of him and his design.
I congratulate you on the development of such a worthwhile project. My students loved being involved. Your idea brought a sort of "cohesiveness" to our teaching staff. The members of our community have read about the project in our local papers, and are acutely aware of the fact that KIDS CARE! Let's hope that the messages not only get out there, but that they also "sink in." We have had nothing but a positive response from everyone who has heard about the project!!!
We look forward to participating again next year.
Sincerely, Beth Olson
GNChapman Elem. School
Randolph, NY
Participating Grocery Store: Quality Markets of Randolph
Students at the Hornell Intermediate School (grades 3-6) were happy to participate in the 1997 Earth Day Grocery bag project. We decorated approximately 400 bags. The local Wegmans grocery store was happy to help us with this project. We hope to participate again next year.
Vivien Anderson
Hornell, New York 14843
Hornell Intermediate School

Mrs. Thomas' 3rd grade class from the Hornell Intermediate School had four groups identify sources of pollutions and decorate grocery bags accordingly. Group One: Michelle, Renee, Danielle, Leonard, and Tony. Our group decided a problem is air pollution. We think cars are a cause and the solution could be don't use so much gas. Another problem is cigars. A solution for this is JUST DON'T SMOKE! Group Two: Shane, John, Greg, Alex, Brandon, and Jessica. Our group decided a problem is water pollution. We think toxic waste is a cause and the solution could be to stop dumping toxic waste. Group Three: Brienne, Brandy, Sean, Adam, and Joe. Our group decided a problem is noise pollution. We think that loud boom boxes are a cause and the solution could be TURN THEM DOWN! Group Four: Elizabeth, Ashley, Brianne, Mark, and Melissa. Our group decided a problem is land pollution. We think car junk yards are a cause and the solution could be take cars apart and sell ! them. Thank you for letting us participate in this project!

Mrs. Feeley's class also participated in the Hornell Intermediate School Earth Day Project. Group One: Kasey, Jay, Valerie, Kara, and Lauren. Our group decided that air pollution is a problem. We think fumes from cars and trucks are a cause and the solution is to have people carpool. Group Two: Julie, Jossie, Jon, Eli, and Andy: Our group decided a problem is land pollution. We think less oxygen is a cause and the solution is to plant more trees. Group Three: Samantha, Xenia, Ashley, Scott, and Andrea. Our group decided a problem is water pollution. We think oil is a cause and the solution is to make sure there are no oil spills. Group Four: Brennan, Jeff, Jessejames, Brandon Lee, and Lori. Our group decided a problem is noise pollution. We think factories are a cause and the solution is to make the machines quieter.
Hornell Intermediate School
Hornell, New York

Our school has decided to participate in The Earth Day Grocery Project. We have obtained bags from the Grand Union Company and will be decorating them with designs that reflect our committment to "Saving the earth." Our school is to decorate and recycle one bag per student, which amounts to about 200 bags. Please post our school and our participation in this project on your site.
St. James Institute
50 Summit Avenue
Albany, New York 12209
Thank you,
Mary Lou Ritz
Dir. of Dev.
(518) 465-6506

New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996

I am a fourth grade teacher at the Forest Road School in Valley Stream, New York. I ran your grocery bag project with a local supermarket and sent them 500 bags decorated by the kids at my k-6 school. The fourth graders enjoyed sponsoring the project for the school. I saw your idea in a classroom connect listserv. Am looking forward to doing it again next year.

Susan Stiefel

We decorated 500 bags for Price Chopper supermarket in 20 Mall, Guilderland NY. We are from Guilderland Elementary School near Albany, NY. All grades, K-5 participated in the project.

The second grade classes at Rye Country Day School decorated 112 grocery bags with their Kindergarten buddies for the Earth Day Groceries Project. They really enjoyed the project and the customers at the grocery store were happy to receive the decorated bags. The project was a great idea and we look forward to participating next year! Thanks,

Willoughby Levesque
Computer Teacher
Rye Country Day School
Cedar Street
Rye, NY 10580

1996 Is our first year (of many) that we participated in this great project. This year we had students from Kindergarten through twelth grade drawing totally original art on their bags. The teachers, and the students thought it was wonderful. All the art teachers who assisted us cannot wait to do this again next year, they feel their kids got so much out of it. We only had the chance to do 2,000 bags this year, but next we will take no less than 5,000. Thanks again for the idea.

Rebecca Riba
S.A.A.V.E. Recycles (an animal rights and environmental group)
Thiells, New York
North Rockland High School

Thanks so much for the idea !!!! The entire WPMS 6th grade decorated at total of 600 bags for 2 different grocery stores: Edward's Super Food Stores and Food Emporium. We also included Special Education and ESOL students in the project. What was so exciting was the ability to go to these grocery stores with groups of 10-14 students on Earth Day, April 22, 1996 and help bag groceries using our decorated bags. In order to go on this trip to represent the school, students had to fill out a job application.

White Plains, New York
White Plains Middle School
Cairenn Broderick

Students at Virgil I. Grissom Middle School 226 in South Ozone Park NY decorated 380 grocery bags and returned them to various supermarkets/grocery stores in celebration of Earth Day 1996. The best were on display in the school library at the annual Earth Day Expo held on April 22, 1996.
Teachers that contributed the most were Ginger Thall, Steve Lieberman, Karen Rilling and Barry Greenberg.

Coordinator: Carol Bilge, Librarian, and advisor to Environment Club.

I would like to submit a grocery bag report for the East Syracuse-Minoa School District. We had 2 schools participate. Heman Street elementary school made 292 bags in grades K-2 and Fremont elementary school made 75 bags in grades 4-6. The kids and Leo's Big M Market (the participating supermarket) loved it!
Also, please send me a report via e-mail when you have compiled the info. Thanks and good luck!

Anna Maria Lankes

I am a Resource Room teacher at the Harold T. Wiley Elementary School in Watertown, NY (upstate). Four schools (K-6) in my district decorated 2000 bags for the Earth Day Project.
Many thanks to the grocery stores that provided the bags. The event was a huge success and received recognition by our local newspaper. We hope to be involved in a larger way next year.
Thanks for the great idea. Please contact me with any additional ideas or questions.

Jennifer Bruce

My class (and a few others in my building), participated in the grocery bag project. I am not sure of the exact info that you collate, so I will give it my best shot.
Teacher Coordinator: Eric Gidseg, first grade teacher
School: Traver Road Primary School in Pleasant Valley, New York.
Dutchess County
Grades: First grade and a few second graders
# of bags: 167
Grocer: Adams'
Thanks for coordinating all this. It was a great experience for my kids!

Eric Gidseg

Hello, we are a small K-12 school in the Catskill region of New York state. Our total population is only 350. We had all of our elementary students in grades K-6 decorate grocery bags for our only local supermarket, the IGA, who donated the bags for the project. Children were most enthusiastic. We hope to do even more next year. My seventh grade Special Education students organized this activity in the school as we are the only ones, at present, with an Internet connection. (I sacrificed ordering materials and bought most of our needed supplies for the year in order to get our connection to the Internet - it has been well worth it). We are proud to have participated in this project and hope that our small voice in the community will help make others aware of the need to treasure Mother Earth so we all have a wonderful future.

The 7th Grade Special Education Students and their teacher, Ms. Langston
Roscoe Central School,
Roscoe, N.Y. 12776

Dear Arbor Heights School,
Thank you so much for sharing this great idea. We loved that it was so simple and creative, and also that we could send a message to the community without using any new materials.
We have 475 students (grades 2-5) at Kaegebein Elementary School, Grand Island, New York. We are located in the Niagara River between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. We decorated 600 bags from our local Tops Market. We left the message and design open and were amazed at the wonderful ideas and illustrations.
Please include us in your count. We'll be looking for the final amount and the schools which participated. Thank you, again.

Patricia Ludwiczak, grade 2 teacher
Kaegebein Elementary School
Grand Island, New York

New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995

We here at the Joseph B. Radez School are one of the many schools who downloaded the project FAQs. We did 500 bags in grades K-8. I have images that I would like to send you, but my mailing program (Eudora for the Mac) automatically encodes them in binhex (hqx) format even though they are binary files. Can your Windows environment and mail program decoded those or will I need to FTP them to you. Thanks for initiating this great project and giving others the opportunity to share their work with you.
Warm Regards,
Jim Meigel 
Joseph B. Radez School
Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
44 East Main Street
Richmondville, NY   12149
We just finished the grocery bag/earth day project at Woodglen Elementary School in New City, New York. K-2 graders were involved in this very successful activity. We decorated 365 bags that will be distributed at the Cropsey Garden Center. We know this will heighten our communitie's awareness during this week. Thanks for including us! Happy Earth Day!
We are on spring break now but last Wednesday my homeroom students put the finishing touches on bag 1,000! (They stayed late in order to reach their goal) I will be meeting several of my students tomorrow in order to deliver the bags to P&C.

Thank you for coordinating the efforts...and Happy Earth Day!

Rae Covey * 6th Grade Teacher
Coburn School
216 Mt. Zoar Street
Elmira, New York 14904
"Children may not always remember what you say to them but they will
remember how you make them feel."
Thank you so much for this project. It was wonderful. Our school decorated 220 bags and I just delivered them to the food store for tomorrow!
Carol Juliano
Munsey Park School
Manhasset, LI, NY
The K-8 students at the Joseph B. Radez School colored 480 grocery bags. We received them from Price Chopper Supermarket. They were returned there on Monday, April 17th and distributed to customers, many of whom expressed pleasure at the receiving the colorful bags.

Many of our students expressed a great deal of creativity in designing the bags and the experience was thoroughly enjoyable for all involved. Thanks for the great idea, we'll be looking for it again next year. Hopefully, we will also have a Web page set up and will be able to share some of our

creative ideas with others.


Jim Meigel
            James Meigel                
            Joseph B. Radez School          
            Cobleskill-Richmondville CSD  
            44 East Main Street               
            Richmondville, NY   12149     
            (518)294-6621 (voice)    
            ()294-6425 (fax)                
            Internet :   
            Bt : jmeigel@albneric          

Park View School in Kings Park, New York participated in the Earth Day Grocery bag project. We decorated 1190 bags and sent them to 2 stores.

Susan Howell
2nd grade teacher
Park View School

Hello, Our computers were down and we couldn't participate in the original groceries bag report. We are an elementary school in Kings Park, Long Island, New York (Park View). Two supermarkets in our neighborhood gave us bags to decorate. The school decorated 1,076 bags for earth day. If you wish to add this to your total let us know.

Mrs. Goldman and 2-3   

Sorry this took us so long, but we were on vacation when Earth Day happened, and it took use awhile to get our act together. Anyway, here it is:

Wyoming Central School
Wyoming, New York (near Rochester, New York)
Student population:250 students, Kindergarten through 8th Decorated 300 bags, which were given to a very local grocer (like a small convenience store). Some of the paper bags were given to us by him, and some we purchased so that we could participate. The students were really excited about being part of this, and we hope that we're not too late! We'd love to hear results.

Thanks --

Jill and Kim

New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1994

We will be doing our bags next week because we are on vacation right now. We will be putting the logo "Earth Day Everyday" on our bags because it will be after Earth Day when they get to the store. We have 175 bags going out next week. I hope this wil count toward your total. Good work.
George Ryon
Riverside Elementary School
Oneonta, New York

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