Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2000

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Teresa Dirks
Bootheel Solid Waste Management District
Malden, MOUSA

We decorated 225 bags!

About our project: This year at the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, MO, we celebrated Earth Day 2000 and decorated 225 bags. Students learned about the 3R's; "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle." The students were from Jackson, Malden, Clarkton, Kennett, and Gideon. (This activity works well with a variety of age groups and skill levels.) The event was sponsored by the Bootheel Solid Waste Management Disrtict.

submitted on 5/11/2000

Carlye Duensing
Johnson Elementary
Kansas City, MOUSA

We decorated 300 bags!

About our project: Johnson Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri decorated over 300 bags to pass out at Larry's IGA also in Kansas City. Every student in our school decorated at least one bag. We enjoyed decorating and learning about how we can help save our planet!

submitted on 4/23/2000

Nina Wiederholt
Maryville Middle School / Maryville R II
Maryville, MOUSA

We decorated 140 bags!

About our project: Our community's grocery stores were very happy to participate. Maryville's three groceries were all invited to help as there were student connections to all the stores. The sacks were gorgeous and well received by the stores. To remind the fifth graders about the need to be environmentally responsible, we introduced the study by reading "The Wump World". Students wrote down all the specific types of items their family had to "get rid of". The lists were categorized things as where they could go: 1)recycling center, 2) landfill, 3) somewhere else. The original state law, designed to limit what could be sent to Missouri landfills, was discussed and we saw that our rural community members were "stuck" with what to do with much of our trash and still abide by an unenforced law. Each student brought a small bag of trash which was sorted in the classroom. We used information from our local solid waste district to learn what the recylables would be used for. The trash brought by the students amounted to approximately a day's worth of trash generated by a family of four. The kids were amazed it would be that much! If the funding is available next year, I will incorporate a trip to our community landfill, recycling center, and a local recycling plant. I thought most of this year's students had taken this trip in earlier grades, but class discussion revealed they could have benefitted from such a field trip.

submitted on 4/21/2000

Wayne Baldwin
Nipher Middle School
Kirkwood, MOUSA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project: Thanks for maintaining this project! We worked on our bags the day after we completed our State-mandated testing... a great relief. We hope to expand our participation in the future. Muchas gracias, WEB & the 7Westers

submitted on 4/21/2000

Kerrie Creemer
Johnson Elementary
Kansas City, MOUSA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project: We decorated bag as part of our Earth Day Week Celebration!

submitted on 4/20/2000