Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2000

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Karen Dunlop
Blair Elementary School
Fairchild Air Force Base, WAUSA

We decorated 560 bags!

About our project: Blair School embraced Earth Day Bags as a school-wide project for the first time in April, 2000. Every student in Kindergarten through sixth grade designed and colored an Earthday Bag in art teacher Shelley Peterson's class. Classroom teachers used the Earth Day Bags as an opener for other Earth Day and environmental studies and activities. The decorated bags were displayed in the entrances and exits of the Fairchild Air Force Base Commisary, then distributed to customers on Earth Day. Blair students are planning on repeating the activity for Earth Day 2001.

submitted on 3/22/2001

Barb Bumgardner
Briarcrest Elementary School
Seattle, WAUSA

We decorated 174 bags!

About our project: We had lots of fun with the Earth Day Groceries Project at Briarcrest Elementary School. Many of our 3rd and 4th graders in Mrs. Shirley’s, Mrs. Witzel’s, and Mrs. McPeak’s classes participated. First, many of the students decided upon Earth Day topics of interest, and began searching for information. After taking notes, and organizing their information, the students wrote organized paragraphs to put into a class newsletter. Copies of our Earth Day Newsletter went out to all homes at Briarcrest, and we also tucked a copy into each grocery bag that was sent out from the store! Some of the students created a multimedia project regarding earth day using Kid Pix. We practiced our draw skills on the computer in order to make signs and posters for our Grocery Bags display. We also needed to create Earth Day messages on our grocery bags. We displayed the decorated bags both at school, and at the QFC store, thanks to the help of our volunteers Rosemund Jaeger, Mark Golike, and his mom, Roberta. The bags were then sent home with customers on Earth Day!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 3/10/2001

Judy Strosahl
Whittier Elementary
Seattle, WAUSA

We decorated 450 bags!

About our project: Whittier felt great about participating in such a meaningful community outreach. Next year we'll start earlier so parents' can see the bags displayed! Thank you, Mark, for the staggering amount of work you put in for all of us!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 5/16/2000

Darci Slocum
Lake City Elementary
Lakewood, WAUSA

We decorated 290 bags!

About our project: I heard about this project through the Technology Infusion Project which my class is a part of this year. We thought it would be fun to have our whole school involved. After teaching about several environmental issues, we all decorated our grocery sacks with themes that related to the environment. It was fun to see the wide range of topics and creativity. We'll do it again next year for sure!

submitted on 5/5/2000

Ginger Lenhart
Sultan Elementary School
Sultan, WAUSA

We decorated 590 bags!

About our project: This is the second year Sultan Elementary School and Sultan Red Apple Market have participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project. The students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, were enthusiastic about the project and the bags they decorated were awesome. The students in each classroom voted on the most creatively decorated bag and each of these students received an Earth Day water bottle. Staff members chose one bag at each grade level and several "special mentions". These students were accompanied by our principal to deliver the bags to Red Apple Market and their bags were displayed in the store prior to Earth Day. Many students encouraged their parents to shop specically on Earth Day so they could get their own decorated bag filled with groceries! This project is a valuable opportunity for teachers to incorporate environmental awareness into their curriculum and teach students about recycling and caring for our earth.

submitted on 5/4/2000