Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2002

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Karen Holewinski
All Saints Catholic School
Sunrise, FLUSA

We decorated 250 bags!

About our project: This was the first year our school was involved in this project. The students were very excited to know that their bags would be used for customers at Publix. Some of the students went to the store on Earth Day to see if their bags were used. They really enjoyed doing their part to make people more aware of Earth Day.

submitted on 4/28/2003

Sandy Doherty
Banyan Creek Elementary
Delray Beach, FLUSA

We decorated 300 bags!

About our project: A tip learned the hard way. Ask the children NOT to use markers as I delivered the decorated bags back to Publix in a rain storm and had marker on me from head to toe and ruined bags. The project was fun and very worhwhile otherwise. We hope to have more bags to decorate next year!

submitted on 5/24/2002

Katie Smith
Saint Ann School
Naples, FLUSA

We decorated 520 bags!

About our project: Our fourth grade class found this project on the internet. We really wanted to participate, so I called our local Publix grocery store. They said they would be happy to let us "borrow" a bundle of 500 brown paper bags. We then divided the bags among the different classes, and gave them instructions on how to decorate the bags. They were all returned to us within the week, and they were done beautifully. I dropped the bags off at Publix, along with posters to make the customers aware of our Earth Day project. On Monday, April 22, Publix used our 500 bags for the customers to carry their groceries home. We really enjoyed supporting this project within our school. St. Ann's teachers were very supportive. We all really enjoyed the project and are looking forward to making an annual tradition.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 5/9/2002

Peggy Mauger
Environmental Studies Centerl
Jensen Beach, FLUSA

We decorated 6500 bags!

About our project: We decorated more than 6000 bags! This year, all of the elementary and middle schools in the Martin County School System participated in this great project, along with children who attended the Environmental Studies Center's Good Nature Saturdays held twice each month during the winter. The project was coordinated by the Environmental Studies Council. We also took a booth at our community's annual Artsfest, and children from many different areas flocked to decorate the bags and express their feelings about the environment. We wound up this year's project with an Earth Day celebration on the grounds of the Environmental Studies Center, in connection with registration for the Center's popular summer camps. More than a hundred children decorated grocery bags, potted plants, and did Earth Day craft projects while their parents inched along in the registration line. The 6500 plus grocery bags were generously provided by Stuart Fine Foods, and their customers will be enjoying the beautiful Earth Day artwork for weeks to come. Enthusiasm was high for this wonderful project, and there was no hesitation by the children - they knew exactly how they wanted to portray their concern for the earth. We're looking forward to next year!

submitted on 5/1/2002

Randy Amos
Sunshine Elementary
Lehigh Acres, FLUSA

We decorated 120 bags!

About our project: We just found out about the project and thought it was a great idea. 3 fifth grade classes were involved and the entire project was met with great enthusiasm, from the planning stages all the way through creation of our bags. The Lehigh Acres Publix was very accomodating, and we look forward to our project being much larger next year.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 4/29/2002