British Columbia Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1999
Southridge Elementary School
Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Bags decorated: 280 bags
Great response again...Our Kindergarten to Grade 7 school
decorated grocery bags in the Earth Day theme and our
local Overwaitea packed groceries in them. I can hardly wait
to hear how many bags were decorated in all!
Ecole des Deux Mondes Elementary School
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Bags decorated: 136
Comments: This was our first adventure decorating grocery bags for a
local store. Each student in the school did participate.
We hope to include other activities as well next year.
Mrs. Lori Austin
Forest Grove Elementary School
Burnaby, B.C., Canada
Bags decorated: 390
Comments: Forest Grove Elementary School participated in the Earth Day
bag project for the first time this year. Students from
Kindergarten to Gr. 7 decorated 390 bags for the IGA store
in their neighbourhood. Student council members played an
important role in presenting the project to each class,
counting out the bags and collecting them when completed.
The school's project was covered by two local newspapers,
the Burnaby Now and the News Leader. This created a lot of
excitement, particularly for the Gr. 2/3 class that got
their picture in the paper. The IGA reported a very
favourable response from customers throughout the week that
the bags were handed out. Overall, the project proved to be
a very positive, empowering experience for both students and
teachers. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
Randerson Ridge Elementary School in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada participated in the Groceries Project for the first time. 243 wonderfully decorated bags were returned to one of our local grocery stores.
Victoria, BC, Canada
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: All of the students from Lakewood Elementary in took part once
again in an awesome week long celebration of Earth Day !
Activities ranged from releasing salmon fry to planting gardens.
But the highlight and whole school focus for the week was to
decorate our grocery bags. The 500 bags were dontated by our
local Thrifty Foods ( Colwood) store. Our slogans/messages were wide
and varied - This is the only habitable Planet...why waste it !,
Blue Boxes work ( our recycle program ), Save our one Earth, We are
the People of the Earth, Keep it Green !, and many more exciting
We have also enclosed a number of photos of the bags we have
designed for our local food store. Last year a number
of our local residents wrote letters to our school
expressing how wonderful they thought the bags were designed!
Hello, our grocery bag decorating was successful. The students at Central
Elementary School in Trail, B.C. completed 155 bags and returned them to
Thank-you for your time,
from the Central School Students
British Columbia Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998
The children at Emily Carr Elementary School in Vancouver, B.C.
Canada became partners with Safeway, at Oak and King Edward to celebrate Earth
Day. The students decorated 305 grocery bags, which were given out on Earth
On April 23, we received several calls at the school, thanking the children for
the beautiful bags and the reminder to take care of our Earth. Students and
teachers appreciated the opportunity to participate in Earth Day in this
exciting way. One of our Grade 7 students has volunteered to organize a web
page. Thanks again and hope to participate again, next year.
Judy Charles (email@example.com)
Emily Carr Elementary (Vancouver, B.C.)
Richmond, B.C., Canada
Once again our school, Salt Spring Elementary decorated grocery bags and
returned them to the two local grocery stores for distribution.The kids had
fun decorating the bags with earth friendly slogans and pictures. We
returned 228 bags to the stores-great number since we are a little k to 5
Thank you for organizing this project. Please let our school know how many
bags were decorated.
Hope you've had a great earth week.
Maria Dammel firstname.lastname@example.org
British Columbia, Canada
We decorated 321 grocery bags and Overwaitea, our local grocery
store, enjoyed packing the communities' groceries.
Brenda Hawley (email@example.com)
Southridge Elementary School
Prince George, BC, Canada
A very popular choice of activity for whole-school participation.
Local community loved it too! We decorated 170 bags (from Kindergarten to Grade
7) Thanks for the idea. We will certainly do it again next year.
Victoria, B.C. Canada
We participated in your Earth Day project and just loved the results. 300
bags from Woodlands Secondary School and another 100 from NDSS were
delivered to Thrifty Foods here in Nanaimo, B.C. CAN.
We did the majority of ours in French and they looked just great! What
a worthwhile project!!!!! Keep up the effort.
Keep up the great work!!!! This is an important message we are sending.
Valerie Hansen firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in such a great project! All the
students, from K-5
at Collingwood Preparatory School proudly decorated a total of 488 bags for
Earth Day. We will be
returning our decorated bags Tuesday April, 21 for distribution on April 22.
was run by our school's H.O.P.E. (Help Our Precious Earth) Club and they did an
promoting this important day. A Special Thanks to the Caulfield Safeway for
helping our students
share their concerns for the earth with our community. Happy Earth Day,
Nicole Mader (email@example.com)
Collingwood Preparatory School
West Vancouver, B.C. Canada
What a great project! I was very pleased when this idea was passed
onto me, and in turn,
I have passed it on to a number of other schools. Rock City Elementary is a K-7
approximately 400 students. We are located in Nanaimo, a city on Vancouver
Island, off the
west coast of British Columbia. We completed 456 grocery bags, most as part of
activity, the others as time permitted in the intermediate classrooms. Our
local grocery store,
Overwaitea, was delighted with the efforts of the students, and we are looking
to hearing comments from the customers on Earth Day. Thanks again for a
and one which makes great use of the Internet for spreading the message.
Happy Earth Day, everyone.
Phil Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rock City Elementary
Nanaimo, B.C., Canada
Thought you would like to know that Fairview Community School made
Earthday Grocery bags for our local Coop. We were on CHEK TV so it was
good advertising for Earthday. My buddy class is kindergarten and our
6/7 class helped them. The kids had fun and thought about our earth.
Thanks for the idea.
Jeremy Sumner email@example.com
Wow ! Our entire school ( kids from age 5 to 13 )took a great
deal of interest in the project this year. We decorated
over 500 grocery bags with many colourful,decorative designs
and catchy slogans.
A local environmental magazine also picked up the story of
the Grocery Bag project and published it for Earth Week ! It
seems that kids of all ages really do care about what happens
to their home !
The bags were presented to Thrifty Foods ( the Colwood Store )
and they were delighted to take part with our school for a second
year in a row.
Although still under construction, our home page will feature
many of the beautiful designs our students created.
Ted Waring (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Victoria, BC, Canada
British Columbia Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997
Hello Arbor Heights Elementary School from Valleycliffe Elementary
School in Squamish B.C.
We are just reporting in.... that once again we had a very
successful earth day grocery bag project. 225 students k-7 decorated earth
day bags...our super kindergarten students decorated the bags with their
buddies. We delivered the bags the day before earth day to three grocery
stores that our families shop at. We are looking forward to reading the
reports as you get them. Congratulations again for conintuing this very
worthwhile awareness project!
Sandi Paterson, email@example.com
Friendly teacher librarian
Valleycliffe Elementary School
Box 2240, Squamish, BC Canada
fax: (604) 892-3664
Children from kindergarten to grade 6 decorated 262 grocery bags. It
was a tremendous success! The store we got them from displayed them around the
store and this weekend will put them out for people to pack their groceries.
The store manager thought it was a great idea and can't wait for next year.
The one change I would make would be to start it in March so the children's
work could be displayed around the school before they went to the store. See
you next year!
Nancy Paulley firstname.lastname@example.org
South Slope Elementary
Burnaby, BC, Canada
I am writing on behalf of Horse Lake Elementary School in 100 Mile House,
British Columbia. We had 3 classes participate in the Earth Day Grocery Bag
project. We decorated 68 bags for a small local store "Lone Butte General
Store." A Grade 2, 3, and 4 class took part this year.
We had a lot of fun - the students really care! so it is quite easy to
think of ideas for decorating.
Next year we can expand the number of classes and include a larger store
as well. Thanks for your idea.
We would like to receive e-mail reprts from other schools. Thank-you!
Horse Lake Elementary School
100 Mile House, B.C., Canada
From: Lakewood Elementary
We have completed our Earth Day Grocery Bag Project with students from
Grades 1 -7 participating. We decorated 250 bags and Thrifty Foods of
Colwood will distribute them this week.
Best comment by a student : " I really want my Mom to get my bag when
she goes shopping !! "
The staff and students thought that this project was very awesome !!
We would love to take part in it again next year. It has also raised
the awareness of reusing paper bags.
Ted Waring email@example.com
Vice Principal / Teacher
Thank you once again for initiating the Earth Day Grocery Bag
Project. This is Southridge Elementary School's first time participating.We are
a Kindergarten to Grade Seven school. Two hundred seventy students decorated
paper bags from our nearby Overwaitea store. These were delivered to the store
on April 18th and students are excitedly awaiting seeing their grooceries
packed in these bags on Earth Day!
Brenda Hawley Brenda_Hawley@fc.schdist57.bc.ca
Southridge Elementary School
Prince George, British Columbia
British Columbia Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996
Thank you so much for making this project happen. Our school, Hart
Highlands Elementary School, Kindergarten to Grade 7, Prince George,
British Columbia, Canada decorated 238 grocery bags for our local
Overwiatea grocery store. Great idea! Thank you so much
This year I coordinated the project with other school in our
district. I had 9 elementary schools that participated and we made
1500 bags. Thanks for the great project!
Collee Heights Elementary School kids colored and returned 385 bags to
the local Overwaitea grocery store for Earth Day. We also had a garbage
pick-up aound the school grounds and we encircled the school with a mass
hug in a symbolic gesture representing hugging the earth.
We had a wonderful Earth Week at Salt Spring Elementary. Daily events kept
us busy and these culminated in our becoming an Environmental Green School
on Friday, We had a great assembly and celebrated with a spiral dance and
Our students embraced the grocery bag project with enthusiasm and decorated
214 bags which were displayed prominantly in our two grocery stores before
being given out to happy customers.The bags were beautiful and showed much
care and thought. We are a small school of 180 students, so 214 bags is an
Please send me the final count so I can share with the students and the
grocery store managers.
Thank you Mark for coordinating this environment awareness project.
Thank you once again for organizing the Earth day activity. We here
at Royston, once again enjoyed participating in this very worthwhile
activity. We decorated and distributed 500+ bags to 3 local grocery
stores. Great stuff.
The kids really enjoyed it.
"It was fun" Kara
"We learned about Earth day and how you can make the world a better
"I liked the songs we learned to go with this" Aaron
"We learned not to pollute and we should recycle" Allen
Have a good one.
Royston Elementary School
Royston, B.C. CANADA
Hello, this is our second year participating from Evelyn Dickson School.
We put out 250 bags this year.
Keep up the great work! We had a lot of fun again and the community
loves the bags!
Nechako School District
British Columbia Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995
Our elementary school got involved with the Earth Day Grocery Bag project.
We decorated 80 bags from our local grocery store: V and S Foods.
Ann Tilley, teacher-librarian
Martin Morigeau Elem-Jr. Sec. School
Canal Flats, B.C.
604- 349- 5665
Our junior high school's science class decorated
45 grocery bags 44 students
We enjoyed participating in this project. Next year we hope to have all
300 students involved.
We provided 400 bags to the local grocer. Will we receive the results from the
day? Thank You.
The students at our school had a wonderful time colouring grocery
bags. It turned out to be great competition within the school for what
class could colour the most bags. The total number of students at our
school is 623. We coloured a total of 1292 bags. Incredible. Please
pass the total count back to me so that I can post it in our school.
Thanks Rod Macdonald
North Saanich Middle School
Sidney B.C. Canada
Our school, Thornhill Primary School, in Terrace B.C. Canada took part in
the Earth Day bag decorating. One of our local grocers (Safeway) was
thrilled to supply our school with the paper bags. We requested 200 and he
asked if we would take 1000!! This year, that was too large a request but
next year I plan to coordinate our school district and do 1000+ bags.
Our school is a K-3 school with 278 children. We decorated 216 bags. I am
not sure if any other school in our district took part in this project. Our
school district is in northwest British Columbia and we have a total of
5400 students from 20 different schools.
Everyone involved in this project had great things to say about it and we
look forward in taking part in it again next year.
Thank you for the wonderful idea. I look forward to receiving the final tally.
Grade 2 Teacher
Thornhill Primary School
Terrace B.C. Canada
I guess I must have trashed my original posting for this project.. Hope
the following is all the information you require, if not e-mail me with
what else you need to know.
Alexander Park Elementary School - Golden, British Columbia Canada
Population 300 students
Number of Bags decorated - 127 ( 5 classes took part)
Please send me the results of the project so I can share them with the
students who participated in the project.
Alexander Park Elem.
Golden, B.C., Canada
Our school participated in the project and completed our messages on 400+ bags.
The school is Royston Elementary School, Royston, British Columbia CANADA
Please send a tally to the following address when compiled so that I can
write a short article for our local newspaper.
Please send info to
Our school, A.S.Matheson Elementary in Kelowna, B.C. decorated a total of
190 bags! All the kids had a great time doing it. Look forward to doing it
again next year.
In Prince Geore B.C. Canada College Heights Elementary School kids
colored 200 bags and returned them to the local Overwaitea grocery store.
This is a report from Oaklands Elementary School in Victoria, BC. We
decorated and sent out to our sponsoring store about 174 bags. The staff
and students who participated in the project as well as the store
employees appear to have really appreciated the opportunity to v:e!o
something so simple yet effective. Thanks, Mark, for
spearheading the project again this year.
Our count from North Oyster Elementary School in Ladysmith B.C. is 300 bags.
The project was an incredible success. Both the students and the grocery
store loved it.
Just out of general interest: On Earth Day I was out canoeing along the
coast near Ladysmith and stopped at an isolated beach for a break. An
injured mature, male bald eagle was perched on a log injured. My friend and
I captured the eagle (with a little help) and took it to the Raptor Centre
in a nearby village. At this time and point it looks like it will recover!
Probably some type of poisoning. Let's keep the Earth clean of herbicides!
Thornhill Elementary school, which lies across the playground from us here
in Terrace took part in the Earth Day project as well. I took a sample to
them late Thursday afternoon and some of my collegues at that school saw
the value in such a project as well so I am happy to report another 120
bags to the Terrace count.
These 120 bags were from Thornhill Elementary School (4-7).
I really liked the idea of making kites out of the used bags -- maybe we'll
do that next year!
Teacher Thornhill Primary
Terrace B.C. Canada
Hi, Mark. Just a note to let you know how many bags we made and how many
students participated. We had great comments from the students, teachers,
grocery store manager and customers. Thanks for a wonderful idea. We
would really like to participate next year and have more schools in Fort
St. John involved.
We had classes from 2 schools involved (366 students). We produced 425
bags. I hope that I'm not too late for an update/report on how many
schools, etc participated.
Thanks again for the idea. Keep us informed for next year if you are doing
any changes. Oh- we tried to scan some photos for you, but they weren't
good quality. Next year, I guess!
Fort St. John, BC, Canada
I am Sandi, a teacher from Squamish, B.C and our school joined in on the
grocery bag project.
We had 200 students from Gr 1-7 particpate and we gave them to two local
stores. It was particularly great at one store because it was the Grand
Opening of the store and the owner's son goes to our school. The community
response was fantastic! Hats off to you for organizing this very
P.S. I think your www page is great!!
British Columbia Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1994
Hi. I read your invitation to participate back in March and decided that I
would try to encourage our school to participate. We designed and coloured
273 bags which were delivered to one of our local IGA food stores and the
customer response was very positive. One Woman decided that she would hang
the bag on her wall after unpacking it. All the students and staff were
enthused by the idea and the process. Thanks for the idea. I'd be real
interested in knowing about your tabulated results. We'll look forward to
doing the same again next year. Thanks again.
Here are the numbers for Oaklands Elementary School,
Altogether there were 293 bags distributed through two stores. One store was
particularly pleased with the idea. What do you think of publishing a list
of the stores that participated in the project?
Do you have any health regulations in the US that make this project
difficult to sell to stores?
From: esbcvi02 (Jack Greenwell)
Hi Mark and third graders! Wow what a great idea! Our whole school is
participating in this project and each student is producing at least 1 bag
for distribution. We should have all 300 hundred in the store by Earth
We live in a small town ( less than 5000) called Vanderhoof. We are
located geographically at the center ( or pretty close to it) of British
Columbia in Canada.
Some of the bags I have seen are excellent and students have really been
enjoying themselves as they decorate their bags and think about their
Thanks again for a great project!
Evelyn Dickson Elementary School
Brian Naka, Teacher
Evelyn Dickson Elementary, SD #56
Community Learning Network
My student teacher donated 150 brown paper bags and had the grade one and
twos decorate them for Earth Day. The press came and took photos, and she
explained about the network. If you send us your mailing address, we'll
send you a photo from the paper. Our school was not mentioned- North
Chemainus Primary, Chemainus, B.C. What a great idea you had!
From: Margaret deWeese
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