Earth Day Groceries Reports, 2007

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Kathy Bohlen
Shiloh Hills Elementary
Spokane, WA USA

We decorated 595 bags!

About our project: Shiloh Hills has been participating in the Earth Day Bag Project since 2003. Both our students and staff look forward to this every year. We have maintained a great partnership with Albertsons and love the creativity and thoughfulness that goes into creating each of the bags. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO HONOR MOTHER EARTH!

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submitted on 5/1/2007

Cally Bodal
The Horizon School
Shoreline, WA USA

We decorated 160 bags!

About our project: Each class decorated bags, and we had our after-school kids decorate bags as well! Everyone had a great time, and it was a great way to teach kids the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

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submitted on 5/1/2007

Mark Ahlness
Arbor Heights Elementary School
Seattle, WA USA

We decorated 304 bags!

About our project: Our school partnered with our local Safeway for the FIFTEENTH consecutive year decorating and distributing bags for Earth Day! Many thanks to the management at Safeway for being such generous and willing partners. Big congrats to the artistic and thoughtful students at Arbor Heights for giving away their beautiful artwork. Thanks again to the teachers for allowing the students of room 12 to come in and present the "how to" piece to their classes. Congratulations to the kids from the following rooms for winning a $30 gift card to Safeway for having the best bags in their grade levels: K-1: Mr. Wilkie's class, 2-3: Mrs. Shavey's class (again!), and 4-5): Ms. Kennewick's class. I'd also like to send a special thanks to all the third graders in Room twelve who put in a lot of extra time and effort on this. - Mr. A.

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submitted on 4/26/2007

Laura Stusser-McNeil
Seattle, WA USA

We decorated 157 bags!

About our project: Our group of 1st-5th graders decorated 157 Whole Foods grocery bags during a special 2-hour Earth Day TOPICS session. (TOPICS are monthly mixed-age, activity-based enrichment classes taught by staff, parents, students and community members who share their expertise and passions. All of the TOPICS today were on a stewardship/Earth Day theme.) The store was very willing to participate and gave us 500 bags. Unfortunately, their dark green logo is printed on both sides, so the kids had limited free space. They worked with the logo as best they could, however. We used the writing ideas and the world templates--thank you for providing them! Some students used collage as well. After finishing the bags, we asked the kids to discuss in groups and write about why the project mattered and what impact they thought the bags might have. Here are some of the responses: "We gave the community a message to take care of our Earth. The bags will let people know that if they litter, they are doing the wrong thing and if they are not littering they are doing the right thing." "We drew to save the earth and to help protect the environment. The bags will tell the customers to not pollute and to save our earth." "The bags will tell not to kill animals and not to cut down trees and not to pollute." "It matters so your earth will not go to the dump. It will make people respect the earth."

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submitted on 4/19/2007