Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2006

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Kyhiera Miller
Del Rey Woods Elementary School
Seaside, CA USA

We decorated 330 bags!

About our project: In preparation for Earth Day this year, we read books and watched videos regarding pollution and conservation. Too, our students were treated to 2 great assemblies on Rainforest Animals and Recyling that helped prepare them for this day. After reading the Earth Day Groceries website, I rallied 14 additional teachers whose K-6th classes participated in the project--collectively we decorated 330 paper bags, loaned from our local Safeway, promoting awareness in the community. The kids learned a lot, and we even did an art project using recycled cans to extend the lesson into daily life!

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 4/23/2007

Barstow Intermediate
Barstow, CA USA

We decorated 1000 bags!


submitted on 4/13/2007

Janet Parcells
Pack 422
Manteca, CA USA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project: Our Cub Scout troup became more aware of recycling by this hands on project. Thank you to our local Food4Less for donating the bags.

submitted on 1/4/2007

Jamie Dickinson
San Carlos School
Monterey, CA USA

We decorated 256 bags!

About our project: This was our first year participating in this project. We really enjoyed this project and felt it was a great way to communicate with the community. Great idea!

submitted on 7/8/2006

Tami Ross
Peace Games at 186th Street School
Gardena (Los Angeles), CA USA

We decorated 194 bags!

About our project: Earth Day Bag Report from 186th Street School-Rooms 15, 48 and Afterschool Program 1. Borrow -2nd Grade Class (Room 15) chose to decorate bags* and wrote a request letter to Trader Joe’s and Ralphs. -Teacher borrowed about 200 bags. (90 were special “Earth Day” bags from Ralphs with a blank side to decorate, a note to children, and an offer of 5 cents for returning decorated bags.) 2. Decorate -2nd Grade Students drew Earth scenes. -Teacher photocopied drawings in black and white on recycled paper, and made die-cut stencils of hearts and E-a-r-t-h. -2nd Grade Students painted 5 drawings each with watercolors, which we stapled to 100 bags. -Additional Students- 4th and 5th Graders (Room 48) and afterschool program participants used stencils and watercolors to decorate remaining bags. 3. Return -Teacher returned bags to stores on April 21st. Ralphs paid 5 cents per bag. The $4.50 reward was donated to charity, Guide Dogs of America, in the form of items from their wish list, toys and towels they will use to train service dogs for vision-impaired individuals. 4. Report This report is being submitted by a Peace Games Coordinator. Peace Games ( is a violence prevention program that empowers elementary school students. Peace Games looks forward to a day when all children have the knowledge and skills to be proactive “peacemakers”. We believe violence is learned and thus strive to teach peacemaking, just as students are taught to read, write, and do math. In their Peace Games classroom lessons, students are encouraged to do community service learning projects. *After hearing about Earth Day Bags, which I found in an Internet search, the 2nd graders of Room 15 surprised me with a unanimous agreement to decorate Earth Day Bags. Once they started the project, it was simple to get more students involved to complete the project in time for Earth Day. I believe that all our students who participated learned from this project that they were being peacemakers by helping their community and the Earth/environment and that it felt good to do so! I believe we will participate next year! We were unable to obtain permission slips for all students and thus are unable to post photos. Thank you for reading!

submitted on 6/15/2006