Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2002

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Michael Reyes
Altus, OKUSA

We decorated 396 bags!

About our project: The project as it is worked great. We simply followed the four steps and the kids did the hardwork. Our goal was to not only get the project done but to increase environmental awareness and celebrate Earth Day on Altus Air Force Installation plus get the small rural town of Altus OK, with a population of around 25000 motivated to do everything they can to help the environment. We contacted the Altus Public Schools and asked permission to enter the schools and conduct the Earth Day Groceries Bag Project. The school administrators were very supportive as were each school site principal. We scheduled a time when we could go into each classroom and talk to the students about Recycling, Reusing and Reducing. The students were already quite familiar with things they can do to help the environment so we used their knowledge to help us get the word out. They thought the idea of painting environmental pictures was great. We used their intusiaism along with their creativity to help spread the word not only within the school but to the whole City of Altus. We collected the bags four days before Earth Day and delievered them to the stores. The grocery stores displayed them for everyone to see. On Earth Day they gave them to patrons, and the feedback from everyone visiting ranged from "Isn't this great" to "I didn't know today was Earth Day. I'll have to remember this and do you plan on doing more things like this"? I feel that this project has given us an opportunity to open a door that was stuck and will allow us to get more people thinking about what they do and how it affects the environment. Overall the project was a hugh success and we look forward to including more students next year.

submitted on 4/23/2002

Vena Whitney
springer public schools
Springer, OKUSA

We decorated 125 bags!

About our project: Students loved to decorate the bags and imagined who would get their bags. The grocery bag decoration set the scene for the Earth Day celebration. We also enjoyed tie dying shirts and will wear them to the big Earth Day Expo in Ardmore on April 20. Earth Day week will conclude on Earth Day on Monday with everyone wearing their shirts to school then.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 4/19/2002

Kathy Kearns
Tony Goetz Elementary
Muskogee, OKUSA

We decorated 382 bags!

About our project: The students in our school were very excited about the Earth Day Bags Project! The local newspaper came and interviewed some students, as well as took some pictures. The article is going to be in the paper on Earth Day!

submitted on 4/17/2002

Kathy Zabloudil
Charles Haskell Elementary
Edmond, OKUSA

We decorated 550 bags!

About our project: This was our first year to participate in this project. The project started with a Cub Scout Den consisting of 7 boys. After seeing how much fun they were having while learning about Earth Day I decided to see if the school would be interested. After getting help from a couple of other mothers, we got 100% participation from the teachers in grades 1 - 5. Albertson's could not have been nicer to us. They got us the bags in about three days. This is a great way to get the school working together and spread the word about Earth Day. We used a variety of stencils for the 2nd grade and they had a lot of fun.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 4/12/2002