Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2000

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Aaron Cubic
Lincoln County Solid Waste District
Newport, ORUSA

We decorated 2841 bags!

About our project: We live in a small rural county on the central coast of Oregon. The grocery bag project wsa a countywide effort, coordinated by the Lincoln County Solid Waste District. This (2000) was our first year of participation in teh project so we were not sure what to expect as we approached both the grocers and the schools. It was a pleasant surprise to find everyone enthusiastic and creative. One smaller grocer heard about the project and asked to be able to contribute bags for decorating. The project was a wonderful springboard for a variety of environmental lessons in the various elementary classrooms. Almost all of the elementary schools in our county partipated, by name they are: Waldport Elementary (Waldport, OR), Sam Case Elementary and Yaquina View Elementary (Newport, OR), Delake Elementary, Oceanlake Elementary and Taft Elementary (Lincoln City, OR), Arcadia Elementary and Mary Harrison Elementary (Toledo, OR), and Siletz Elementary (Siletz, OR). Collectively, these schools decorated 2,841 bags. We were pretty excited and overwhlemed. The coordinator for the project at the Lincoln County Solid Waste District was Aaron Cubic, District Manager. Participating grocery stores were: Clark's Market, Yachats, OR; Clark's Market, Waldport, OR; Ray's Food Place, Waldport, OR; JC Market, Newport, OR; Safeway Food & Drug, Newport, OR; Fred Meyer, Newport, OR; Kenny's IGA - Taft, Lincoln City, OR; Kenny's IGA - Lincoln City, Lincoln City, OR; Lincoln Beach Sentry, Lincoln City, OR; Price N Pride, Lincoln City, OR; Safeway Food & Drug, Lincoln City, OR; JC Sentry, Toledo, OR; Noel's Market, Siletz, OR; Logston Store, Logston, OR.

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submitted on 3/7/2001

Lezlie Miller
Robert Gray Middle School
Portland, ORUSA

We decorated 150 bags!

About our project: The aim of our project was to participate in community service. The Comunity Service Learning Class, which is an elective, coordinated and decorated the bags. Our teacher's two other classes, Reading and Language Arts/Social Studies helped with the project by also decorating bags. It was a success since we made more than what we thought we would make in only one week. We also felt successful since we were able to teach and make others aware of the environment and saving our earth. Several students went to the local Albertsons to drop off the bags. The week following Earth Day some of the students reported seeing customers leave Albertsons with the bags we decorated. That proved to be rewarding for the students. The students were very creative in their slogans and artistic endeavors.

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submitted on 6/2/2000

Laurie Ernstrom
Harold Oliver Primary
Portland, ORUSA

We decorated 600 bags!

About our project: We had our whole student body involved in decorating grocery bags in partnership with Fred Meyer. Many of our parents waited to buy groceries so they could get one of these special bags. The students were really excited to see their art work on recycling and reusing on the grocery bags. We had a contest among grade levels for winners. The winners are: Brian Doyle, 1st grade; Luiza Nita, 2nd grade; Adam Guy, 3rd grade. Congratulations to these three and the whole school for participating in this project. A big Thanks to Kerry Bell, a 1st grade teacher, for heading up this project.

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submitted on 5/4/2000

Marla Gaarenstroom
Sunset Primary School
West Linn, ORUSA

We decorated 500 bags!

About our project: As a member of the Waste Reduction Committee, I contacted Albertson's who enthusiastically provided our school with close to 600 grocery sacks. These sacks were distributed to the classrooms where the kids decorated them with beautiful earth friendly pictures and sayings. The sacks were returned to the store for distribution on April 21st. They were a big hit with the shoppers. Thank you Albertson's!

submitted on 5/1/2000

Jan Rinehart
McNary Heights Elementary School
Umatilla, ORUSA

We decorated 180 bags!

About our project: The sacks were picked up on Monday and decorated the next few days. On Friday the beautiful sacks were delivered to be used on Saturday, Earth Day. Thank you Umatilla Red Apple for special ordering the sacks.

submitted on 4/24/2000