Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2000

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Mary Hemminger
St. Thomas More School
Green Bay, WIUSA

We decorated 500 bags!

About our project: St. Thomas More students had fun decorating bags for Earth Day. We found that having younger students work with a buddy from an upper grade was an effective way to involve all students. We also wrote some of the slogans in Spanish. It rained on the day we were to deliver the bags so only the student council members delivered the bags. If the day had been sunny all of the students would have participated in the Earth Walk. Mary Hemminger

submitted on 5/2/2000

Kristine Birkholz
Saylesville School
Rubicon, WIUSA

We decorated 73 bags!

About our project: Three students from the 4th grade class approached management at the Hartford County Market and requested bags for students in grades 2-5. During 2nd and 4th grades students are involved with science units in which recycling and resource conservation is emphasized, so the students had many wonderful ideas to share through their grocery bag art work. Many students promoted the planting and protection of trees because our bags were handed out on Arbor Day, since we were on Spring Break the week of Earth Day.

submitted on 4/27/2000

Carole Foreman
Lincoln Elementary School
Shawano, WIUSA

We decorated 300 bags!

About our project: During the month of April our students were involved in a variety of activities to raise environmental awareness and responsibility. This was the second year that we were involved in the grocery bag project. The students worked very hard to create attractive bags with environmental messages. We also used grocery bags to create recyclable posters for a Poster Parade down our main street. The students were very proud of their hard work.

submitted on 4/20/2000

Ellen Huck
Sacred Heart School
Racine, WIUSA

We decorated 400 bags!

About our project: I first discovered this project online. I mentioned it to the Student Council, where I am the advisor. I pulled up the web site and they looked at it and liked it a lot. They voted that they would like to support it. I ran it past our principal and art teacher who gave their whole hearted support. I contacted a grocery store near the homes of many of our students. The beginning of Earth Week all of our classes 1-8, spent their art classes decorating the bags and adding messages. Our principal took the Student Council Officiers and the bags to the store to present them. The manager was delighted and thanked us. We took pictures and are sumitting them to the local newspaper with information about the project including the website address. Students have already asked if we can do it again next year!

submitted on 4/19/2000

Mary Anne Zimmerlee
Amity Elementary School
Brandon, WIUSA

We decorated 266 bags!

About our project: Last year was our first time decorating the bags. This year the kids were more enthusiastic. I gave them a theme each week and we started in late March to decorate them (I teach first grade). One theme was "Save the Rain Forest" (as we had just completed a mini unit on that). The second theme was Thank you Earth for... and our third week was Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Doing it this way gave us better quality artwork since they had a theme to work with. We will definitely do it again next year!! The grocery store even requested more bags this year since their customers liked seeing kids involved with environmental issues. We're proud to be a part of a nation-wide project.

submitted on 4/19/2000