Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2002

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Science Club
Horace Mann Middle School
San Diego, CAUSA

We decorated 250 bags!

About our project: Students brought this project to my attention. I thought this would be a great project because it reaches people beyond our school. Students enjoyed this project because they knew they were helping the environment even though it was on a small scale.

submitted on 5/7/2002

Pam Grant-Ryan
Lakeshore Elementary
San Francisco, CAUSA

We decorated 380 bags!

About our project: Enthusiastic artists from kindergarten through 5th grade at Lakeshore Elementary School decorated 380 paper grocery bags for our local Albertsons store. Shoppers at the store on Earth Day were delighted to bring home their groceries in these wonderful and informative bags, helping to remind us all that Mother Earth needs our love and protection. Many thanks to Albertsons for being our yearly partner in this wonderful project!

submitted on 4/29/2002

Laura Johnson
Sunset Hills Elementary School
San Diego, CAUSA

We decorated 40 bags!

About our project: I used this project to celebrate Earth Day. It was fun for the kids and very easy. My suggestion is instead of offering a nickel a bag (which my students declined to accept) that you donate a nickel a bag to some environmental group that is buying acreage in the rainforest to save it. It doesn't cost much per acre. Please feel free to email me if you need the name of a group that you can donate money to which buys acreage in the rainforest. Thank you for a great hands-on Earth Day project.

submitted on 4/28/2002

Linda Donato
Rio Hondo Elementary
Arcadia, CAUSA

We decorated 310 bags!

About our project: The primary grades drew pictures and wrote messages about recycling, endangered animals, water conservation, Earth's natural beauty, pollution, etc. It was a fun project.

submitted on 4/28/2002

Kaiulani Conner
New Leaf Community Markets
Santa Cruz, CAUSA

We decorated 330 bags!

About our project: As an intern in New Leaf Community Markets' marketing department, I was trying to come up with an event to call my own. I knew I wanted to work with local schools, but I couldn't figure out exactly which direction to take. I knew I couldn't implement an ongoing program because my internship is only 12 weeks long, so when I came across the Earth Day Groceries Project while searching the Web, it seemed like the perfect idea. After contacting local schools and spending countless hours working out all the details of the project, I delivered 330 blank paper grocery bags, earth templates, and honey mints donated by SunRidge Farms, to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes at five local elementary schools. I visited two classes--Amy Rickerson's 5th grade class at Gateway school, and Jennifer Johnson's 4th/5th combo at Natural Bridges school--and took photos of students decorating the bags. I also sent out a press release to local media, notifying them of the project. On Earth Day, our Mission Street store handed out the beautifully decorated bags filled with our customers' groceries. To encourage customers to reuse the bags, we tied New Leaf's Envirotokens program into the project. Each time a customer reuses a bag at our stores, they receive a token worth 5¢ to donate to local non-profits working for the environment. To my surprise, two local news stations, KSBW and KION, showed up at our store and did stories on the project for their six o'clock newscasts! The Earth Day Groceries Project is famous in Santa Cruz County!!! The Earth Day Groceries Project is absolutely wonderful. It enhances students' envionmental knowledge and empowers them to make a difference in their communities. The kids loved participating in the project and our customers loved the beautiful bags. It's my hope that the Earth Day Groceries project continues to spread throughout Santa Cruz, the United States, and the rest of the world!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 4/26/2002