Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2004

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Deborah Redding
Patuxent Elementary School
Upper Marlboro, MD USA

We decorated 780 bags!

About our project: Students and teachers at Patuxent made Bags with environmental messages or pictures on them for the Giant Food Store in our area. During the earth week students and staff planted 150 trees, flowers and seeds around the school yard. We had a school wide yard clean-up and recycling event throuhout the year. We all had a great time learning about the environment and had fun !

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submitted on 5/5/2004

Katherine Porterfield
Key School
Annapolis, MD USA

We decorated 120 bags!

About our project: We decorated 120 bags. This was Key Schools first year participating in the Grocery Bag Project. Our local Giant grocery store happily donated bags. We had 3rd graders paired up with PreK 3, PreK 4 and Kindergarten students. The pairs decorated the bags, wrote messages and colored, colored, colored. The bags all came out great! It was a positive experience for the younger kids, the older kids and the teachers. The shared time together brought hugs as the 3rd graders departed my Kindergarten classroom.

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submitted on 5/1/2004

Leslie Ann Jackson
Good Shepherd Center
Baltimore, MD USA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project: Good Shepherd Center is a school and residential treatment facility for adolescent girls. We utilize service projects in treatment as a learning experience for the girls so that they may discover the ways in which they can make important contributions to the world around them. We love this project to celebrate Earth Day! Trader Joe's was an excellent partner. When we delivered the bags, we also took a tour of the store and learned about organic foods. The girls even sampled some of the products! They never knew they liked soy milk! The project was fun from start to finish, and the girls really learned a lot of eye-opening facts about recycling and protecting the environment. We will look forward to participating again next year!

submitted on 4/25/2004

Traci White
Frederick Elementary School
Baltimore, MD USA

We decorated 130 bags!

About our project: Frederick Elementary School third graders had a wonderful time creating their grocery store bags. We would like to thank Mars Grocery Store in Dundalk, Maryland for donating the bags.

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submitted on 4/24/2004

Deborah Lamb
Forest Lakes Elementary School
Forest Hill, MD USA

We decorated 500 bags!

About our project: I found this site online while doing research for an online course. It was early April and it sounded like an easy, fun way to celebrate Earth Day. I asked for 35 posters online and they were delivered within the week. I asked my administrator( Principal Linda Chamberlin) if our school could participate this year. She agreed and our Assistant Principal Stephen Johnston contacted the local Giant Foods store. They were extremely cooperative and gave us 500 brown bags to decorate. I sent out a flyer (along with the poster from your site) explaining the project to all of the teachers and asked them if they would have their classes decorate the bags with an Earth Day theme. Several of the teachers even watched the Power Point with their classes that they downloaded from the site. Everything went rather smoothly. Mr. Johnston returned the bags to Giant Foods in Forest Hill the day before Earth Day and they gave them out to customers. Many of the children shopped at Giant that day to see the bags. We wrote thank you letters to Giant Foods for helping us celebrate Earth Day. One of the children wrote,"Thanks, Giant Foods for helping us spread the spirit of Earth Day". The entire process was quite easy and it provided the students with an opportunity to learn about Earth Day and environmental concerns while doing something positive and fun on Earth Day. They were proud of their contributions to "spreading the spirit". Debbie Lamb Forest Lakes Elementary

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submitted on 4/23/2004