Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2002

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Joanne Morris
Pope County 4-H
Russellville, ARUSA

We decorated 450 bags!

About our project: The 4-H Program is about education, citizenship and leadership. The Earth Day Grocery Bag Project fits right in with 4-H! As the Leader of the Russellville City Slickers 4-H Club, I asked one of my club members who has done Earth Day projects before to take the lead. Jillian, age 10, recruited one of our other club members, Ashton, to help. Together they contacted the Kroger grocery store on West Main in Russellville to obtain bags to decorate. They then contacted their school principal, teacher and other area 4-H Clubs. They arranged for the students at St. John's School and for the London Lucky Leaves 4-H Club to participate also. Mrs. Vega's fourth grade classes at St. John's had particpated in this project before. Mrs. Vega was glad to work with the 4-H members and to help expand the project to the entire school. Mrs. Karen Jackson, the leader of the London Lucky Leaves 4-H Club, was happy to have her club involved as well. In all, the kids decorated approximately 450 bags with environmental messages. Jillian and Ashton delivered the bags to Kroger on April 19 for distribution on Earth Day. We hope to make the Earth Day Bags Program an annual project!

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submitted on 5/10/2002

Jaynie Cannon
G. R. Taylor Elementary School
White Hall, ARUSA

We decorated 503 bags!

About our project: Happy Earth Day! This year students at G. R. Taylor Elementary School in White Hall, Arkansas, decorated 503 grocery bags as part of the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. Students decorated grocery bags with positive environmental messages during their regular library visits from April 8-19. Students read books about environmental awareness and studied ways to keep the earth clean. Representatives from our local Chemical Demilitarization Office also visited and presented a program on keeping the earth safe and healthy. The decorated bags were returned to Cranford’s Fresh World in White Hall for distribution to shoppers on Earth Day, April 22. All students in kindergarten through sixth grade participated. We look forward to this every year!

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submitted on 4/26/2002

Kathy Merritt
Girl Scout Council Of the Mid-South
West Memphis, ARUSA

We decorated 135 bags!

About our project: Part of our Girl Scout Law includes - Make the World a Better Place and to Be Responsible for What I say and Do: Therefore, we strive to do these things on a daily basis. We teach the girls that everyone (even Children) has the responsibility to protect our environment. We discussed the ABC's of recycling and the effects it has on our earth.

submitted on 4/23/2002

Charlotte Wheeless
5th and 6th grade science
Walnut Ridge, ARUSA

We decorated 400 bags!

About our project: This is the 5th year that our local Hay's Store has allowed us to borrow bags to decorate for Earth Day. We worked very hard this year to complete 400 bags to get the Earth Day message out to our community. We also planted a garden in our Outdoor Classroom and planted sunflowers around our schoolyard. Happy Earth Day from Walnut Ridge School 5th and 6th grade classes!!

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submitted on 4/22/2002