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.