Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2001

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Pat Bender
Kernsville Elementary School
Orefield, PAUSA

We decorated 650 bags!

About our project: Kernsville School, in the Parkland School District, participated in this program in April of 2000 and 2001. Weis/Kings Supermarket in Schnecksville, PA, donated the bags. As a thank you to participants, the Earth Day Groceries Project added a random drawing in 2001. Ten winners received tree planting kits and recycled pencils, T-shirts for the teachers, and a wooden plaque. One grand prize winner received these prizes and also 1500 reams of recycled paper donated by International Paper. Kernsville School was excited to learn that they were the Grand Prize Winners! “We encouraged people to reduce, reuse, and recycle by coming to Weis/Kings Supermarket in Schnecksville and using our colorful bags!” said Pat Bender, the 4th grade teacher who organized the project. “We decorated over 650 bags!” On November 9, students at Kernsville were involved in an all-day program. The day began with Rachael Paulson, an environmental author, collaborating with Nancy Nahrgang, Kernsville’s art teacher, in creating a 5 foot by 10 foot mural with selected 4th and 5th grade students and middle school representatives from Global Kids in New Jersey. This mural reflected an environmental theme. The mural will be displayed in the school this year. Ms. Paulson hopes to display the mural with others in the newly opened children’s museum in Los Angeles, California in the future. Ms. Paulson is the author of two environmental books: Sir Johnny’s Recycling Adventure and Johnny and the Old Oak Tree. At the assembly, the students learned about recycling from many people: Ms. Paulson, Sue Yenchko from International Paper, Kurt Fenstermacher from the county recycling center, and Walter Fox from Weis/Kings. After the assembly program, students were treated to drinks and cookies compliments of Weis/Kings. Rachael Paulson spent all day at Kernsville thanks to the joint contribution of Kernsville’s PTO and the American Forest and Paper Association. This day kicked off a year of many environmental awareness activities at Kernsville!

submitted on 11/29/2001

Karen Piper
C.N. Pritts Elementary School
Melcroft, PAUSA

We decorated 450 bags!

About our project: The students, as well as the community embrace this project. The stores look forward to receiving the bags, and parents seek out the bags at the stores involved. It's a win - win situation for a rural community. We continue Earth Day with the students creating recycling projects that they do at home with their parents. Some of the projects are used in our Butterfly Garden that was dedicated last year on Earth Day.

submitted on 5/23/2001

Shari Costanzo
Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School
Pottstown, PAUSA

We decorated 600 bags!

About our project: The students and staff of Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School once again participated in the Grocery Bags Project. Students decorated 600 bags and created posters for Thriftway Supermarkets. Please see our pictures from this year's efforts. Look for us in 2002!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 5/14/2001

Rhonda McLaughlin
Overbrook Educational Center
Philadelphia, PAUSA

We decorated 270 bags!

About our project: All students, grades K - 8 had the option to participate in decorating the grocery bags for Earth Day. The enthusiastic responses resulted in creative and colorful designs that reflected environmental themes.

submitted on 5/7/2001

Pat Field
Erdenheim Elementary School
Flourtown, PAUSA

We decorated 567 bags!

About our project: The entire student body teamed up with buddies to decorate paper bags. Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops based at the school also did their part, and everyone had a great time visiting the stores on Earth Day to view the displays and take home groceries in an Erdenheim Earth Day bag!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 5/5/2001