Project Overview

Four Simple Steps

Project Starter Kit

Four Simple Steps

1.  Borrow. Contact a local grocery store that uses large paper grocery bags. See if the manager will let you "borrow" enough bags so that each student in your school can decorate one. Let the manager know about the project and its environmental education message, of course! Grocers usually get these bags in "bundles" of 500.

2.  Decorate. Have students at school decorate the bags with pictures of the earth, environmental messages, the name of your school, etc. Be creative! DO NOT allow students to write their last names on any bags.

3.  Deliver. A couple of days before Earth Day you and/or your students return the decorated bags to the grocery store - with many thanks to the manager! The store then distributes these bags (full of groceries) to happy and amazed shoppers on Earth Day. 

4.  Report. Fill out the Report Form on the project web site with a count of how many bags your school made. Please, only one report per school. All reports will be posted on the Earth Day Groceries www site at: http://www.earthdaybags.org

You do not need to sign up or register, just have a great time with the project! For more information, check the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) at http://www.earthdaybags.org/faqs.htm

Another Idea: If you can't use paper bags, you can have your students decorate individual fliers, or even bookmarks, which can be handed out to shoppers or inserted in their shopping bags.  These will be counted in the project tally, so do send in your report!

For an in-depth look at the project, read the interview in Reading Online, March, 2002 with project founder Mark Ahlness and Jean Carmody.