Wisconsin Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1999

Patty Snyder
Purdy Elementary School
Fort Atkinson, WI, USA
Bags decorated: 575
Comments: The students and staff at Purdy Elementary School wholeheartedly enjoyed participating in the Grocery Bag Project in honor of Earth Day. We look forward to continued participation in the future.
Bridget Rhode
St. Mary's Catholic School
Portage, WI, United States
Bags decorated: Over 400
Comments: St. Mary's is a school of 178 students, K-8. We made Earth Bags our all school Earth Day Project.
Mary Hemminger
St. Thomas More
Green Bay, WI 54301
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: Students We had a great time decorating and walking to a neighborhood Sentry food store with our bags. Two television stations gave us coverage on the evening news, and we had an article in the Green Bay Press Gazette. Check our school's website, Events page, for pictures! St. Thomas More Student Council.
Washington Elementary School in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
The pictures are from the day that our students worked as partners, lower elementary students with upper elementary students and our head start, to make the grocery bags for our local SuperValue store. The store used them to bag groceries on Earth Day. Our students had a great time. Thank You.
Mary Jane Steinhoff

Ofelia Bautista- Ruiz
Hayes Bilingual school
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Bags decorated: 450
Comments: Kolhs Food Store lent our school the bags. The children loved the project. Sorry I just got around to submitting our participation. Bags were delivered on Earth Day.
Beverly Weigel
St. John the Baptist School
Plymouth, WI, USA
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: A great project. The students were proud of their work.
Jerry Cigliana
Cass Street School-Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Wisconsin USA
Bags decorated: 75
Comments: Earth Day in Milwaukee had a great example of one of the resources that the earth gives us. It rained and rained and rained!! That didn't stop us. We put on our ponchos and walked to our local Pick-N-Save. We handed out all our bags and the shoppers were very impressed. This will be an annaul project for us here at Cass. Please visit our web site at http://ftp.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/schools/cass.

Patricia De Moe
Mound View Elementary, Grade 4
Elk Mound, WI, USA
Bags decorated: 21
Comments: We care. We pledge to take care of the earth!
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
Sandra Ward
Lombardi School
Green Bay, WI USA
Bags decorated: 1200
Comments: Our students enjoyed decorating grocerybags from Festival Foods. Festival Foods distributed the bags on April 22. This project gave our entire student body an opportunity to send a positive message to the community about their concern for the environment.
Carole Foreman
Lincoln Elementary School
Shawano, WI USA 54166
Bags decorated: 300
Comments: The students in our 1-4 elementary school designed, decorated and delivered 300 bags to Pick n Save Grocery Store in Shawano. Pick n Save donated the bags to us. The students did a fantastic job. It was a great project.
Erica MacKinnon
Cedar Grove-Belgium Middle School
Cedar Grove Wisconsin, 53013
Bags decorated: 445
Comments: Thank you for organizing such a great project. We made Earth Day bags which were donated by the local Piggly Wiggly. We decorated our bags in both English and in Spanish. We hope to have even more people participate next year.
Mary Anne Zimmerlee
Amity Elementary School
Brandon, WI USA
Bags decorated: 85
Comments: This was the first year we participated and almost everyone in our school decorated bags. My first grade class had been discussing how to take care of our Earth and they even came up with the idea of "doing something." At about that same time I had been exploring the intenet and found this website. The kids had a great time and we plan on doing it again next year,too!
Emily Terpstra
Central Wisconsin Christian Schools
Waupun, WI USA
Bags decorated: 110
Comments: My class has 22 students and we each made 5 bags, for a total of 110 bags. It was great fun and it was exciting to be a part of a global project!
Ann Ericson
Van Hise Elementary
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Bags decorated: 100
Comments: Great project! The kids (grades K/1) loved decorating the bag and being part of a worldwide project. I enjoyed the article by Mark Ahlness in Science and Children. I hope to get our whole elementary involved next year.
Bags decorated: 100
Comments: Bloomer Elementary Students decorated 100 bags with earth day advice for local residents. Shadick's grocery store volunteer ed to use them on Earth Day.
Ann Zimmerman
Bloomer Elementary
Bloomer, Wisconsin
Bags decorated: 16
The kids had a lot of fun doing this activity, and they also learned a great deal about the environment! Thanks!
Tina Buzelli
Lincoln Elementary School
Whitewater, Wisconsin
Bags decorated: 460
Comments: Our students participated in many different things for Earth Day. The bags were a great idea, and some of our teachers had students decorate them with their buddy classes.(Usually older students paired with younger)
Jill Schukow-Hodges
U.S. Grant School 1528 N. 5th St.
St. Rita School, West Allis, WI, decorated 280 grocery bags which will be distributed by two stores - one Pick and Save, the other a small local grocery in the next block from our school. Great idea!
Ann M Foley
Clayton Elementary School (part of the Neenah Joint School District):
2916 W. Fairview Road
Neenah, Wisconsin, 54956
participated in the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. This week our students in grades K-5 had a great time decorating 300 bags from:
Pick 'N Save
647 S. Green Bay Road
Neenah, WI 54956
Store Director : Rob Bullock The bags will be distributed on Earth Day, April 22. The local newspaper, The Post Crescent, will be on hand for photos which will appear in their paper along with a press release. We are very proud of our students' effort. The bags are really neat. They did a nice job!
Thanks for the great idea.
Ardy Kreuter
Committee Chairperson for Earth Day/Arbor Day at Clayton School
Bags decorated: 300
Comments: We have our bags from our grocers! We start coloring on Monday, April 19. We have lots to do to celebrate earth week all week. Our little artists are looking forward to creating Earth Day bags.
Tim Brunner
Hillcrest Elementary School
Ellsworth, WI
This entire week our K5's,1st, and 2nd graders have been reading Earth Day books, learning out environmental studies, and getting pumped up about going to our local Pick-N-Save Grocery Store to pass out their bags. We will start making our bags on Monday. This kids just love it!!!
Jerry Cigliana
Cass Street School--Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee, Wisconsin,USA
Bags decorated: 400
Leigh Donermeyer
Lowell School
401 Maple Avenue Madison, WI 53704
Bags decorated: 225
We had a great time decorating the bags. The kids all want to go to the grocery store now and hope to get one of the specially decortated bags.
Ann Pickett
Port Edwards Schools
Port Edwards, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998

Please add us to the list of schools that participated in the grocery bag earth day project.
We are a small school of 43 students, 13 fifth and sixth graders decorated 56 bags for two local stores. Thanks, Mrs. Lauer and the 5th and 6th graders.
Dennis Lauer jenlaka@execpc.com
St. Mary's School
145 6th Street
Hilbert, WI 54129
On April 27, 1998 Wyeville Elementary school decorated 135 grocery bags as a part of an April Student Council Activity. The student council planned two days of activities related to Earth and the environment. On April 27 we decorated grocery bags and calculated the amount of paper our school uses and recycles in a day. We then calculated how much paper we use and recycle in one year and then applied that to the number of trees we use. In one year we use the equivalent of 3 trees and recycle the equivalent of .25 trees. On April 28 we had an all school "paperless" day. It was very educational for all involved.
Ilene Quartemont (IleneQ@Tomah.k12.wi.us)
Resource Teacher
Wyeville Elementary School
Tomah, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997

We really enjoyed this project. We are a K-5 elementary school and every child participated. Each classroom decided on their own Earth Day theme. SuperSaver in Beloit gave us the grocery bags and we returned the decorated bags on Earth Day for all of Beloit to see. We decorated 280 bags. We will be doing this again next year. Thank-you for such a fun project.
Nancy Furman NANBLBD@pensys.com
First Grade Teacher
Robison Elementary
Beloit, WI
St. Joseph School in Rice Lake, Wisconsin has just completed decorating 500 bags for our local Marketplace grocery store. This is our first year for the project. They were delivered in time for Earth Day. Great project for our entire school (pre-K thru 8).
Bob Seabold
Little Red School is a small country school about 3 miles outside the city limits of Eau Claire, WI. This is the 12th year in a row that we have decorated grocery bags with Earth Day themes. Ron's Castle Foods was the recipient of our 141 Earth Day bags this year.
We also celebrated Earth Day this year by having our students plant 180 trees and wildlife shrubs in our school's nature area.
Thanks for including us in your well organized project this year. I hope our school name appears on your site. Here is a link to our homepage. It is located at:
Ron Powers
Little Red School
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Our whole school had a great time with this project the day before EarthDay. We decorated 233 bags donated by Supersaver for the project.
Mary Ann Reiss MReiss4464@aol.com
St. Lawrence School
Greetings from Milwaukee, WI!
This year, our 2nd year of participating in the project, our students decorated 366 grocery bags. The students completed the project in their Spanish and French classes. Thanks for creating such a worthwhile project!
John M. Schell jschell@omnifest.uwm.edu
University School of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
Our class decorated 19 bags for Skogen's IGA. We had a lot of fun and look forward to shopping and being able to get some of the earth day bags. We were happy to participate!!
Wendy Polito polwe@mail.onalaska.k12.wi.us
Grade 2 , Northern Hills School
Onalaska, Wisconsin
Hello Arbor Heights,
Onalaska Middle School in Onalaska, Wisconsin and Skogens IGA are glad to participate in your valuable project once again. This year 850 students in grades 5-8 decorated bags for Earth Day. As we write to you, the Mississippi River is three feet above flood stage in Onalaska. At times like this, Mother Nature has her own way of making us aware of our environment and our place in it, but participating in your project helps us remember how fragile our natural environment is and how important it is for all of us to remember that Earth Day is everyday.
Thanka again,
Onalaska Middle School
We are a sixth grade class of 48 students. We decorated 200 bags and will deliver them to two grocery stores in town. Students illustrated facts about pollution or an environment problem and then added a conservation message around the illustrated fact. Students are looking forward to interviews from the daily newspaper this Wednesday, April 16. Their bags decorate one entire wall in our room. It is quite impressive. Thanks for a great project.
Jackie Cody jcody@newnorth.net
James Williams Junior High School
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Wisconsin Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996

Hello from Athens Elementary School in Athens Wisconsin. If you're looking for us on a map, we are located near the geographic center of the northern and western hemispheres at 45 latitude and 90 longitude.
We really enjoyed participating in your Earth Day Groceries project. We decorated 258 bags donated from Hartman's Variety and Athens IGA, our local grocery stores. We hope that our messages from the bags will entice our community to be more "Earth-Wise". We've attached a photo that shows some of our students with their artwork.
We would appreciate an emailed bag report sent to:

Thanks! Kathy Luther gr.4/5 &
Susan Kittson - Speech clinician.

I sent you four separate messages (one from each grade level 1-4) detailing how each group focused on a theme this year while completing the project: Grade 1-Water, Grade 2-Ponds, Grade 3-We are all connected, and Grade 4-Forests and Great Lakes.
The project was a lot of fun. The bags were obtained from the local Pick N Save grocery chain and we finished by completing 719 bags for distribution today. Our kids had fun composing and sending the messages.
We are eager to hook up another class to further develop the themes we explored. Thank you for organizing this project!

John M. Schell
Milwaukee, WI

We are first graders at University School of Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Today, for Earth Day, we went to the Milwaukee River and we picked up 32 bags of trash!!!
On our bags we put water and healthy fish, polluted water with a line through it, pictures of water with unhealthy fish, a picture of someone saying 'We want a healthy Earth'. We made pictures of the Earth. Pictures of circles with a line through it that said expressed the idea of no pollution.
Please email us some ideas that you have about studying water and water pollution. We would love to hear from you!
Thank you for organizing this project!
Sincerely, The First Graders

Our long term theme in science has been ponds. This year we visited ponds at Audubon Center in WI in the Fall and the Winter and we will be visiting again this Spring. We learned a lot about ponds; if you know something special about ponds that you'd like to share with us, please send email.
Our bags were decorated with pictures and slogans about ponds. Some slogans included: Love A Pond, Care For Ponds, Be A Friend To A Pond, Don't Litter Ponds, Don't Pollute In Ponds.
Our school is University School of Milwaukee, located in Milwaukee, WI. We are a private K-12 school with about 1,000 students. Our school decorated a grand total of 719 bags. We took them to the Pick N Save store on Friday and they are being distributed today, Earth Day!
Thank you for organizing this project!
Grade Two

Our school is University School of Milwaukee and we are in Milwaukee, WI, located by a wonderful Great Lake, Lake Michigan.
Four third grade classes designed bags for Earth Day using the theme, "Taking Care of The Earth" with an emphasis on the protection of water, our wonderful resource. We read the books, "Dear Mother Earth" and "Loving the Earth"; these helped us think about the important role we play in our planet. We learned we are all connected and we need each other.
In social studies, we are studying Colonial America. The oceans were so important to the colonists for transportation and food. If you live by the ocean, we would love to hear from you.
Our total bag count for University School was 719 bags. We participated with the Pick N Save stores near our school.
Thank you for organizing this project. It was a lot of fun!
The Third Grade Classes

In grade four, we used the theme "The Forest and The Great Lakes" for our Earth Day Bags. Some of our slogans included, "Don't Pollute", "Plant A Tree To Save The Forest", "Save A Tree Save A Life", "Kill A Tree, Kill Yourself". All year we have been studying how to preserve Wisconsin's forests and Great Lakes. If you know of anyone studying similar topics, have them email us.
Thank you for organizing this project.
The Grade Four Classes
University School of Milwaukee
2100 W. Fairy Chasm Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Hi! My name is Janet Pliner and I'm a second grade teacher at Shorewood Hills Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin. I organized the Earth Day Groceries project within our school this month. On Friday, April 19th, second grade students and teachers walked 500 decorated bags with wonderful Earth Day messages to a local food store. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole project... Thanks for a great idea!


We are a small country school about 3 miles outside the city limits of Eau Claire, WI. Each of our students in grades K-5 decorated a grocery bag with an Earth Day thems for the 11th year in a row. That was a total of 132 bags for this year, which we returned to Ron's Castle Foods for customer use. Our school site is on 22 acres where we have developed a wonderful nature area and prairie restoration.
Thanks for including us in your well organized project this year. I hope our school name appears on your site. We will include a link to it on our homepage. It is located at:

Ron Powers
Little Red School
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Dear Arbor Heights School,
Thanks for creating a fantastic environmental awareness project! The 850 fifth-eighth grader (each creating a bag for the project) from Onalaska Middle School and the generous people from Skogen's IGA in Onalaska, Wisconsin are first-time participants in your 1996 Earth Day Groceries project. Onalaska is located along the beautiful Mississippi River on Wisconsin's "West Coast." Our students and community members value the river and its surroundings, and participation in your project has helped us remind ourselves how lucky we are to live along the banks and among the bluffs of this threatened and valuable natural resource.
Keep up the great work,
Onalaska Middle School
711 Quincy St.
Onalaska, WI 54650

Wisconsin Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995

The Bag Project was a success. The grocer (Woodman's of Beloit) was more than willing to provide the bags and with a minimum of organization and work we had a very stunning project. "If we all do a little, we can all do a lot". The paper sent a photographer while the school was decorating the bags so the project received some press besides. I also put a plug in for you as the organizer and internet technology. We decorated 358 bags!!! Thanks again for the idea. A simple yet effective project.


                John Soehnlein
                6th Grade
                Converse Elem. School
                1602 Townline
                Beloit, WI  53511

Franklin School in Wausau, Wisconsin did not preregister for this event, but we did decorate grocery bags for distribution on Earth Day as your project suggested. If you would like to include our count in your project, we'd be happy to be part of the effort. Our school is K-5, and almost all the students decorated a bag.
Thanks for suggesting and organizing the project!

Franklin Elementary School
Wausau, WI
Total Bags Decorated:  324

Carol Otto, 2nd Grade Teacher

Would you post the grand total to the entire Kidsphere list or could I receive the grand total number? THANKS!

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