Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2002

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Leila Wilke
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Seattle, WAUSA

We decorated 875 bags!

About our project: More than 400 after-school students in twenty of our City's community centers decorated bags. Each community center worked with their local grocery store. It was a great project, and we hope to make it an annual event that grows each year. Photos of the artistic bags were put on our staff website so that everyone could see their masterpieces.

submitted on 8/30/2002

Jamie Cox
Hamilton International Middle School
Seattle, WAUSA

We decorated 274 bags!

About our project: Nine teachers used this project with their homerooms. Some teachers held discussions about the earth and our place in it. There was a lot of good art with a good message included!

submitted on 4/30/2002

Wendy Grande
Youth Volunteer Corps
King County, WAUSA

We decorated 200 bags!

About our project: We first started decorating the grocery bags with the youth of my after school service club at the Aubrurn King County Library. We did this for two weeks, every Wednesday. Then on the 21st and 22nd of March, there was a Service Learning Convention at the Washington State Convention Center. Youth Volunteer Corps had a booth set up with multiple Service Learning projects, and the grocery bags were included. People from across the nation, including students, saw examples of the Auburn youth's bags, and were involved with decorating another 100 grocery bags. This was a popular event, along with our mural painting, crocheting, and paper crane folding. Most bags had the creator's first name, location or school written on it. When the final products were brought to Albertson's, the manager was especially excited to get some bags hung up to decorate the store, and get them out to the customers.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 4/29/2002

Melony George
Sultan Elementary School
Sultan, WAUSA

We decorated 580 bags!

About our project: This is the fourth year Sultan Elementary and the Sultan Red Apple have partnered in the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. Educational Assistant Melony George and Librarian Assistant Kathi Olson coordinated the project involving K-5 students. Bags donated from the Red Apple were decorated in classes as part of Earth Day education. Classrooms voted on the top three creative bags. These were collected and one grade level winner was chosen. These winners were bussed to the Red Apple where they excitedly delivered all 580 decorated bags. On April 22 shoppers were given their groceries in these special "Earth Day" bags. All winners were given certificates and "earthy" prizes along with encouragement for next year's project.

submitted on 4/29/2002

Karry Williquette
Longview-Kelso Parks and Recretion
Longview, WAUSA

We decorated 1607 bags!

About our project: Partnered with the schools. Teachers used project to teach on environmental issues, we also requested they put the date of our community Earth Day celebration on the bag as well.

submitted on 4/26/2002