Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2002

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Judy Roberts
Hickory Ridge Elementary
Memphis, TN USA

We decorated 400 bags!

About our project: Hickory Ridge Elementary, Memphis City School, Memphis, TN Students from KK-5th grade observed Earth Day by decorating grocery bags that informed the community of the importance of recycling and how to make their community a better place to live. Mrs. Judy Roberts' fifth grade class directed students from all grades in decorating the bags as well as teaching them about the importance of Earth Day. On April 22 the class returned the decorated bags to the local store for distribution.

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submitted on 2/19/2004

Jeff Allen
Ooltewah Middle
Ooltewah, TNUSA

We decorated 500 bags!

About our project: 4 teachers from our school had students from our school to decorate 500 bags that were distrubuted at Winn-Dixie in Collegedale, TN on Earthday 2002. It was an excellent way to allow students to express their thoughts and increase community awareness towards environmental concerns.

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submitted on 4/29/2002

Shalonda Black
Westwood Elementary School
Memphis, TNUSA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project: We received 150 bags three weeks before Earth Day. Students were encouraged to decorate the bags with a message to shoppers about the importance of saving and helping the Earth. Students told parents and other community members about the Earth Day bags so that they would shop at those stores on Earth Day collect colorfully decorated grocery bags. Students and teachers decorated t-shirts to let the school and community know that Earth Day is April 22nd of every year. The bags were delivered on the Friday before Earth Day and the stores reported that they ran outquickly. So next year we will decorate more to make more people aware of Earth Day. Students also suggested to shoppers and parents to continue to use the bags at home for recycling aluminum cans, bottles, newspaper, other objects that can and should be recycled. Several students decorated bags for their home and began a recycling corner of their home. They reported the have also found a new way to earn money.

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submitted on 4/24/2002

Lillie Large
McFadden School of Excellence
Murfreesboro, TNUSA

We decorated 300 bags!

About our project: This is our third year to participate in this program. The students seem to look forward to this project now, and some of the art work is almost framable. This is a great program to help make students and the rest of the community aware of environmental needs.

submitted on 4/23/2002

Tracy Bembenek
Crosswind Elementary School
Collierville, TNUSA

We decorated 958 bags!

About our project: Each year our school does a t-shirt sale. The proceeds go to a 'Save the Rainforest" organization. This sale is always around Earth Day. Our kindergarten students also do a large unit on Rainforests. Second grade does a study on habitats. The Grocery Bag Project fits in with these activities perfectly. Our students love to do it. Kroger has been generous about donating our bags each year. The children love to go in and look for their bags as their groceries are sacked. This is a great project with a great lesson to learn.

submitted on 4/22/2002