Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2004

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Estela Yancy
North Elementary School
Waukegan, IL USA

We decorated 550 bags!

About our project: Our Earth Day Groceries project was a great success. The students were very excited about it and eager to contribute to the Earth Day celebration. Everyone helped make this project possible. A third grade teacher purposely visited Jewel on Earth Day to get one of the bags. It was a great community awareness project. Some of the messages on the bags were written in two languages (English and Spanish).

submitted on 1/19/2005

Lucy Gray
University of Chicago Laboratory schools
Chicago, IL USA

We decorated 341 bags!

About our project: Students from a wide variety of grade levels participated in this project. We plan to do this again next year with expanded activities!

submitted on 9/3/2004

Sandra DeMaso
Elwood School
Elwood, IL USA

We decorated 400 bags!

About our project: Our entire school participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project. One of the school goals this year was to design and implement energy conservation plans for each homeroom. Students then met with the Superintendent to discuss their plan. The Earth Day Groceries Project was the final activity to help us meet our year- long goal. The students had a wonderful time decorating their bags and produced some great artwork!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 5/5/2004

Andrew Askuvich
Hyde Park High School
Chicago, IL USA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project: A group of 20 students stayed after school for two days to work on decorating bags. We discussed the history of Earth Day and how our decorating of grocery bags could contribute to promoting Earth Day. Most of the students were unaware of Earth Day, and were not really concerned with environmental issues. From this event, students have approached me about starting a recycling program in our school. We now have a group of 20 students who are going to see to it that our school begins to recycle paper, cans, and bottles. I learned about the Groceries Project from my wife who has participated with her schools the past couple of years. I think you have a great idea, and I hope to see it spread from a one day event to something that could be celebrated all year long.

submitted on 4/28/2004

Kathy Behrens
Wells Elementary School
East Moline, IL USA

We decorated 450 bags!

About our project: This was a terrific project for several important reasons. 1)All of the students from preschool to fourth grade were able to participate. 2)There was no cost involved. 3)It highlighted the importance of Earth Day for our students and sent the message out to the community. 4)Community members could see that students from Wells School were being taught the importance of taking care of our Earth. 5)The students in my classroom were in charge of this school project. Students were assigned responsibilities to count, deliver, and pick up finished bags. A poster on our door read "Project Headquarters for Earth Day Grocery Bags". They enjoyed the responsibility. We will definitely participate in this project again next year!

submitted on 4/26/2004