Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2002

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William Reichertz
Riverside Middle School
Watertown, WI USA

We decorated 800 bags!

About our project: This was the first year of participation for Riverside Middle School in Watertown Wisconsin. It seems to have been a large success for the school and the grocers, Pick N Save, Piggly Wiggly, and Tom's United. Students decorated about 800 bags, and according to the grocers, they could have used many many more. There was a suggestion or two from the store managers regarding next year's event. That and their smiles, indicated they appreciated the students' effort. It is worth emphasizing the mention on the earthdaybags site, that all academic subjects can be related to teaching about Earth Day. Art, forestry and science are obvious. But math could be used to investigate the concepts of cost effectiveness and payback. Social studies could discuss issues like carbon sinks and global warming, and their effect on the economies of developing and developed countries. Social studies could also discuss the benefit of job creation as business learns better how to meet increasing resource demand with a sustainable supply; thus producing a more stable economy. There is much to be brought forth with discussion of exciting environmental issues. Thanks to the Earth Day Bags Project, and a special thanks to all of the students at Riverside Middle School in Watertown Wisconsin. Also appreciation to Science Teacher, Mr. Peter Watts, and Principal, Kent Jacobson for leading the effort.

submitted on 2/19/2004

Ann Clermont
Fort Howard School
Green Bay, WIUSA

We decorated 200 bags!

About our project: After a unit on Earth Day that taught all the ways to protect the soil, water, and air, the students decorated the bags. They used what they learned about why we need healthy soil, water, and air for ideas on their bags:)

submitted on 5/6/2002

Rebecca Kieckhafer
53rd Street School
Milwaukee, WIUSA

We decorated 200 bags!

About our project: Students with Cognitive Disabilities teamed up with students in several Art classes to decorate paper grocery bags for Earth Day awareness. It provided a great way for students throughout the school from Special and Regular education to work together. All the students did a wonderful job participating and were very creative with their designs! On Earth Day, Jewel-Osco was kind enough to allow our students to help distribute the decorated bags to customers. Twelve students from Special Education and five students from the 5th grade worked hard to distribute all 200 bags to happy customers! The project provided a reminder for students throughout our school and the surrounding community about the importance of Earth Day.

submitted on 4/30/2002

Carol Radawitz
St. Anthony School
Menomonee Falls, WIUSA

We decorated 215 bags!

About our project: The children decorated their bags with messages about taking care of the Earth. Rainbow foods was very happy with the bags. They were distributed on Apr. 22. They also hung up the poster explaining about the program. It was very worthwhile and I hope to repeat it next year.

submitted on 4/24/2002

Mary Grace
Marshall Middle School
Janesville, WIUSA

We decorated 1000 bags!

About our project: Our middle school used Monday, April 22, 2002 with classes in the morning. Our 962 sixth, seventh and eighth graders spent the afternoon going to parks, bike paths, and green belts in the city to pick up trash and plant trees where needed. Students unable to go into the community in the building and decorated grocery bags. As the outdoor tasks were finished the rest of the student body came back to the building and participated in the grocery bag project. The teachers used this project to help students learn about the environment, pollution, art, geography, math, recycling, etc. It was a great interdisciplinary activity. We feel the day was well spent and enlightened our students about the fragile condition of our world. More importantly, they were given the opportunity to see that one person can make a difference. Thanks for the opportunity.

submitted on 4/23/2002