Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2006

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Cheryl Roettger
Youth's Benefit Elementary School
Fallston, MD USA

We decorated 500 bags!

About our project: Bags were brought from the grocery store and decorated by the students during Art class. The bags were then returned to the grocery store to educate the public about Earth Day.

submitted on 3/20/2007

Victoria Sofianek
Wicomico Middle School
Salisbury, MD USA

We decorated 225 bags!

About our project: Our Earth Day Celebration began with discussing "what it means to take care of our planet"? Student responses included: -Recycle -Pick up trash -Use alternate fuel Next, we studied the history of the original Earth Day which occured on April 22, 1970. The students wanted to involve the community by decorating the grocery bags. Listed below are the responses Wicomico Middle students gave for how the grocery bags help the community: - "The statements remind them to recycle". -"It will get the community into the spirit". -"It will let people know it is Earth Day". The project was a great success thanks to the students at Wicomico Middle School and Giant Food, Inc. in Salisbury, Maryland!

submitted on 5/27/2006

Cheryl Vourvoulas
Norwood Elementary
Dundalk, MD USA

We decorated 75 bags!

About our project: Mrs. Weaver’s and Mrs.Vourvoulas’s grade one classes learned about ways to take care of our earth in celebration of Earth Day. They decorated brown grocery bags with Earth Day slogans; such as “Clean up our earth” and “Don’t waste water”. The decorated bags were returned to the Giant Food Store on Merritt Boulevard for distribution on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Special thanks to the Giant for eagerly letting us borrow those bags for the project. We hope the customers enjoyed getting an Earth Day message from Norwood Elementary School. I was so encouraged by the students' enthusiasm on this project that I plan to do it again next year, but with earlier planning. I just found the project site two days before Earth Day. The local store closest to our school wouldn't loan us any of their bags without the supervisor's approval. With no time to wait for that, I went to a larger chain store, Giant, where they were more than eager to give me as many bags as I wanted. The Giant employee to whom I spoke actually told me they had participated in this project with another school in prior years.

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submitted on 5/8/2006

Rudell Jones
Lexington Park Elementary
Lexington Park, MD USA

We decorated 100 bags!

About our project: Lexington Park Elementary School Lexington Park, Maryland Earth Day Bags Mrs. Hocker, a fourth grade teacher at Lexington Park Elementary School, in Lexington Park, Maryland, read an article in Parent Line, a newspaper sent home to our families, regarding activities schools could participate in to promote Earth Day. This year Lexington Park Elementary School had the opportunity to participate in “Earth Day Groceries Project”. Mrs. Hocker made contact with three local stores, Food Lion, McKays, and the local Commissary aboard the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Each store provided paper bags for the students to decorate. All grade levels participated in decorating the bags with colorful environmental messages. The bags were then returned to each store by students and parents. The stores then handed them out (filled with shoppers’ groceries) to shoppers on Earth Day. The bags made Earth Day educational activities fun to include in the classroom. Our students learned a lot of ways they could help the earth and carried the messages to our local community through the bags.

submitted on 5/4/2006

Lauren Webster
Patuxent Riverkeeper
Upper Marlboro, MD USA

We decorated 500 bags!

About our project: Local students enjoyed decorating the bags graciously lent by Giant of Prince Frederick, MD. Students at Windy Hill Elementary School and Mount Harmony Pre-School Centre as well as various other children at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Earth Day Celebration decrated bags to spread the Earth Day spirit.

Look at our pictures!  

submitted on 5/4/2006