Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2000

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Thomasina Andersen
Native Village of Eyak
Cordova, AKUSA

We decorated 330 bags!

About our project: This year, the Native Village of Eyak decided to improve upon the concept of the paper bags. Kate Williams, our environmental director and last years project coordinator decided that canvas bags would be an even better idea than paper, as they are far more durable and reusable. Part of my job, as an intern, was to implement this new project. So, we purchased several hundred bags via a Native owned business in Anchorage, and distributed them to Pre-6 classes at Mt. Eccles elementary school. We also purchased several dozen packs of Crayola Fabric Markers for the students to decorate the bags with. Each student was issued one bag, which was his or hers to keep. The students we also invited to enter their bags in coloring contest, as they had with the paper bags previously. There were winners in several categories, such as "Most Artistic" or "Best Earth Day Message", but we chose purposely not to divide them into "1st", "2nd", or "3rd", etc. The winners were given certificates at the annual awards assembly, a spare bag to color, and their names printed in our newsletter. The project was very successful, so much that some tribal members requested bags for themselves, and the 7th grade Native Arts class requested some bags as well. Next year we plan to get enough bags to distribute to the community in exchange for a donation to the annual Sobriety Celebration we have. Kudos to you guys for inspiring all this! P.S.-If anyone who sees this plans something similar, make sure the kids whose bags you are judging, label their name and grade clearly. It makes things much easier in the long run. Also, keep track of where the bags are going, who got how many, etc. Be sure also to include care instructions of you are using the Crayola Fabric Markers. They have to be ironed or the colors may run. The best part about these bags is you're not limited to 2-D media decorations. You can "recycle" old buttons and ricrac to make a truly unique design.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 7/12/2000

Lisa Trimmer
Craig Community Association
Craig, AKUSA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project: We learned of this project over the internet and tried it out, it turned out to be a great success. The store used the paper bags for Earth Day. The project went so well that we are planning to do this for 2001. We have other communities on our Island and they also participated with their communities. Isalnd wide we had a total of about 250 decorated bags!

submitted on 4/1/2000