Michigan Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1999

Environmentally yours,
Candace Martin and the 3rd grade "All-Stars"
Shawn Behnke and her 1st grade class of:
Clinton Elementary School
200 E. Franklin Street
Clinton, MI 49236
tele: 517-456-6504
Francesca Lippi
Sylvester Elementary School
Berrien Springs, MI
Bags decorated: 104
Comments: This project is very popular in our community. Several private and public schools participate. The students love it when someone tells them that the groceries they bought were in a bag the student designed.
Becky Girling
Mound Park School
Warren, Michigan
Bags decorated: 400
Comments: Two local grocery stores, Farmer Jack and Sy's, donated bags for our school to decorate. It was a huge success! The students enjoyed decorating the bags and helping to promote Earth Day in our community.
Nancy D'Amico
Explorer Elementary School
Kentwood, MI
Bags decorated: 470
Comments: Our school participated for the first time in this project. D & W Food Centers graciously donated the bags for our students to decorate and return. Over 450 students participated, decorating over 470 grocery bags. Everyone enjoyed the project.
Dianne Gentry
Rapid City Elementary, Kalkaska Public Schools
Rapid City, MI 49676
Bags decorated: 120
Brandy Senkowski
Lewton Elementary School
Lansing, Michigan
Bags decorated: 350
Comments: At Lewton Elementary School there were six interns from Michigan State University. We all got together and decided to organize a schoolwide program called Earth Awareness Week. Decorating the grocery bags was one aspect of this week long celebration. The student's loved decorating the bags, and celebrating Earth Day. A child in my second grade class called decorating the bags a community service because we were helping other people become aware about recycling. I think this is a great program, and I am looking forward to participating again next year. Thanks for giving us an easy way to teach children about recycling and saving the Earth. Sincerely, Lewton Elementary School
Jennifer Stubbs
Woodside and Red Arrow Elementary Schools
Hartford, Michigan USA
Bags decorated: 675
Comments: This is the first year we have participated in the Earth Day Groceries project and we had a great time! Harding's. our local grocery store donated all the bags we needed, and distributed them on Earth Day. Students at both elementary schools (K-5) decorated bags. Our after school program walked the bags to the store and wished customers a Happy Earth Day! We all can't wait to do it again next year.
Vickie Weiss
City School and Reid School (2 multiage programs)
City School, Grand Blanc, Michigan
Bags decorated: 185
Comments: We decorated grocery bags for Colony Market to use on Earth Day. The City School classes (1-2 and a 3-4-5) decorated 100 bags and Reid School (3-4-5) decorated 85 bags. Every student enjoyed decorating the bags and we were proud to be part of the Earth Day Groceries Project. We plan on making it a yearly event! Thanks for the article in Science & Children....we never would have known about it.
Jennifer Baginski
Detroit Country Day School
Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: The students really enjoyed this project, especially since it tied right in to our curriculum! The sixth grade focused on recycling and endangered species messages while the seventh grade explored the wetlands. This is especially important since they are disappearing at an alarming rate in our area! The eigth grade also explored solid waste management. Thanks for your dedication and hard work to this project!
Greyhound Intermediate
Eaton Rapids MI USA
Bags decorated: 229
Comments: We are recycling throughout our school every Wednesday. We thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Earth Day Grocery bag project. Our school contain 5th and 6th graders and we have decorated 229 bags this year. We hope to continue this each year.
Sue McQueen
Holton Elementary
Holton MI USA
Bags decorated: 600
Comments: Our students did a wonderful job on their bags.
Hi and Happy Earth Day
I wanted to let you know that the second graders at Country Oaks Elem., in Commerce Twp, MI decorated 300 bags for Earth Day. We had a great time and learned a lot about recycling and keeping the Earth healthy in the process. Our local IGA used the bags today to pack groceries in. Thank you for the great idea!!
Debbie Wasmuth
Second grade teacher
Judy Munsie
Tanger Center
Plymouth, MI, 48170, USA
Bags decorated: 75
Comments: This is a great idea, very appropriate for all age elementary students, including my little ones.
Mrs. Tonkavich's 5th Grade Class
R. B. Havens Elementary School
Saginaw, Michigan
Bags decorated: 154
Comments: April 22, 1999
Mrs. Tonkavich's 5th Grade Class
We included students in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in our project this year. Everyone had FUN decorating their bag! The bags were taken to Meijer, our local store to be used today.
Kristen Arbaugh
Ann Arbor Hebrew Day school
Ann Arbor,MI,USA
Bags decorated: 106
Ruth Klida
Wiley Elementary School
Utica, Michigan
Bags decorated: 480
Comments: We are students at Wiley Elementary, located in Utica, Michigan. Our school has students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Our school made 480 bags and had 23 classes participate! It was fun to make these Earth Day bags. The Kroger manager named Brian donated the bags to our school! Happy Earth Day - 1999
The 8th Grade Expansion Team of Creekside Middle School, Zeeland, Michigan, spread the word about Earth Day by decorating 54 bags. The bags were distributed at our local D&W grocery store. Happy Earth Day from the Expansion Team!
Kip Holland-Anderson
Steve Mitchell
East Middle School
Farmington Hills, Michigan USA
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: For the second year in a row, the sixth grade science students at East Middle School decorated 500 bags for distribution by our local Kroger store. We had many positive comments and thanks for raising the community's awareness level regarding Earth Day(especially among the Kroger staff!)and preserving our environment. See you next year for Earth Day 2000!
Joelee Aquino
Woodbridge Elementary School
Zeeland, Michigan
Bags decorated: 394
Comments: The students loved this project! Our local D&W distributed the bags for us (Thank-you D&W). This project is extremely educational for both the students and the community. Happy Earth Day!
Cristy Ernst
Frank Squires Early Elementary
Cassopolis, MI 49031
Bags decorated: 390
Jennifer Cherniak
Ithaca South Elementary
Ithaca, Michigan, USA
Bags decorated: 325
Comments: Ric's Food Center, in Ithaca, donated the grocery bags. The all six first grade classes at Ithaca South Elementary decorated a total of 325 bags. On Earth Day each class delivered their bags to the grocery store. While there students hung up posters about helping the Earth. They also recieved a tour of the store and were able to see their bags carried away full of groceries!
I am a third, fourth and fifth grade science teacher in a rural school district. We decorated 60 bags to celebrate Earth Day. The kids really enjoyed the project!!!!
Eric Johnston
Pewamo Elementary School
Pewamo Michigan
Northwest Elementary
1233 Bower Street
Howell, MI 48843
We decorated 58 grocery bags.
Bags decorated: 400
Jennifer Kline
Perdue Academy
Pontaic, MI
Bags decorated: 50
Comments: Our class was glad to be a part of the EARTH DAY GROCERIES project. We hope that this day will bring an awareness to those that receive our beautifully decorated bags. We thank Mr. Mark Ahlness for starting this worthwhile project.
Mr. Tim Roach and 4th graders from Mattawan, Michigan Later Elementary School
Mattawan Later Elementary School
Mattawan, Michigan 49071
Hi. My name is Mindy Boyd. I teach at Waldron High School in Waldron, Michigan. My husband runs the Hillsdale Market House, a grocery store in Hillsdale. We will be making 92 grocery bags on Tuesday, April 20.
Mindy Boyd

Bags decorated: 600
Comments: The sixth grade team at Roscommon Middle School has "borrowed 600 grocery bags from Glen's Market, Roscommon, Michigan. Our thanks to Glen's Market as well as to the originators of this great project! Based on this year's success, we hope to expand our reach!
Carol Fitzgerald
Roscommon Middle School
Roscommon, Michigan
Bags decorated: 90 Bags
Comments: At Flickinger, we will be cleaning up the playground. We are also getting bags from Kroger, just like other schools. We all think Earth Day is a great way to save our polluted world.
Donna Christina
Flickinger Elementry
Just wanted to let you know that The Center For the Arts and Sciences, 200 Congress, Saginaw, Michigan, decorated and will have distributed over 400 grocery bags through the Kessel's store on State Street in Saginaw. Happy Earth Day!
William A. Thibodeau
The C.A.S.
200 Congress
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Bags decorated: 570
Kellie Vigilant
Pine Tree Elementary
Lake Orion, Michigan
Bags decorated: 407
Merrie Whiting
Williams -Edison
Flint, Mi.United States
Bags decorated: 200
Robert Ulrich
Red Cedar Elementary School
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
I would like to inform you that our school, Holy Cross Elementary School, in Marine City, MI is participating in this project. Our school is a parochial/Catholic School, consisting of 190 students. The school has grades Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. I presented this idea, and all of the staff was more than willing to participate. We've agreed to decorate the grocery bags, during what we call our "Enrichment Time," so the entire student body will be doing the project together. The bags will then be redistributed to our local grocery store, where they are very happy to help us spread the message!
Thank you,
Ms. Rachel Ward
First Grade Teacher
Holy Cross Elementary School
Marine City, MI 48039
Bags decorated: 18
Comments: This is a very good learning experence for children. It encourages children to clean up the enviroment.
Mike Lowes
Sault ste Maire ,Mi,USA
Bags donated from Ashcraft Grocery. 4 first grade classrooms and 1 second grade classroom beginning to decorate over 300 bags to be handed out the week of April 22 at the Ashcrafts Grocery Store in Alma, Michigan.
Nancy Gott
Alma public schools Luce Rd.Early Childhood
Alma, Michigan
Our class is participating in the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project with each student decorating one bag for a total of 22. We are also cleaning up our playground, and presenting a visual stration of L. Armstrong's "What A Beautiful World." We strive to make a difference every day in making our Earth a better place.
4/5 Class
Buce Twp. School
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Michigan Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998

Based on information received from the Paper Bag Council of the American Forest and Paper Association:
500 bags
-- St. Michael School
-- Livonia, MI
Based on information received from the Paper Bag Council of the American Forest and Paper Association:
100 bags
-- Pittsford Area School
-- Pittsford, MI
Our school had all grades kindergarten-6 work on this project this year. The kids really enjoyed decorating the bags from Village Market in Fennville and the Family Fare in Holland. We would like to thank both store for donating bags this year. We decorated a total of over 500 bags this year. Good Job!!!
Garry Visscher (vissch@yahoo.com)
Pullman Elementary School
Pullman, MI
Happy Earth Day from Aspen Ridge Elementary School in Michigan's beautiful Upper Michigan! We are located in Ishpeming, just a few short miles from the shores of Lake Superior! My kindergarten classes are in the process of decorating 48 bags to be used at a local chain of food stores. I will be sure to let everyone at our school know about this great idea and hope you will be hearing from them soon!
Mrs. J. Harrington (jharrington@bresnanlink.net)
Aspen Ridge Elementary
Ishpeming, Michigan
Gates Elementary School in Davison, Michigan has participated in the Earth Day Project for three years. Our first through fifth graders decorated almost 1000 grocery bags this year alone! The bags were given to the customers at VG's Food Center. We sure have enjoyed this project and hope that it will help people remember to "Reduce, Reuse, recycle."
Catherine Wells crobinso@genesee.freenet.org
Approximately 50 students from Pattengill Middle school in Lansing, Michigan decorated 50 bags for Earth Day Groceries. Ingham County 4-H Youth Programs led this activity at the school as part of their annual Earth Day celebration. The response from the teachers and students was incredible! They were very excited to have their voices heard in such a way that friends, neighbors and family would be involved. They can't wait to do it again next year!
Lisa Nassar (nassarl@msue.msu.edu)
4-H Youth Programs
Lansing, MI
We found this project on the internet yesterday. My students were very excited to get involved. At this time We have just sent 64 bags to our local grocery store. I have told other teachers in the school about this project and we are going to make this project school wide. Great Idea!
Dan Rye hurleyelem@gogebic.cc.mi.us
5th Grade teacher
Hurley Elementary School
This is the first year we have participated in the Groceries Project and through our sixth grade science classes we decorated 500 bags to be distributed by our local Kroger store. We had a lot of fun and are looking forward to participating again next year!
Steve Mitchell (steve.mitchell@farmington.k12.mi.us)
East Middle School
Farmington Hills, Mi.
As an art project for the Onaway and Millersburg Elementary Schools Mrs. Tammy Bongard had the students decorate a Carter's and Tom's IGA grocery bag using the suggestions given at your web site. We have decorated and distrubuted a total of 479 bags in our community.
Barbara Tomas (jsdtas@george.Ihi.net)
Onaway Area Schools
Onaway, Michigan
I am writing to say the students of Robert Kerr Elementary School, located in Durand, Michigan are proud participants of the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. I contacted a local grocery store and the Manager there donated 400 bags for us to decorate. I will be picking them up on April 21st, and then I will know how many we actually decorated. Mr. McGaughlin (Robert Kerr's Principal) was eager to lend his support to this project. I am hoping for a big turnout and looking forward to seeing these creative minds at work. Thanks for a wonderful idea. I will let you know how it turns out.
Karen Donaldson posey@shianet.org
Durand, Michigan
The "All-Stars" have decorated grocery bags for Earth Day!!
We will present them to the manager of our local Busch's Grocery Store on Tuesday ! Then,on Wednesday, they will be filled with groceries by the people of Clinton!!
Clinton is located 27 miles Southwest of Ann Arbor,Michigan. Clinton is a very small community in Lenawee County!!!
Candace Martin,Third Grade All-Stars' (cmartin@clinton.k12.mi.us)

The 22 students at Rockford Christian School in grades k-3 had a great time decorating 85 Earth Day grocery bags. The bags will be distributed by the D&W Grocery Store in Rockford. This is the first time that we have participated in the Earth Day Groceries project, and we will tell our friends at the neighboring schools about this great project and encourage them to participate next year.
Daryl Vriesenga (dvriesen@remc8.k12.mi.us)
Rockford Christian School
Rockford, Michigan
I am the Librarian at Frankfort Elementary School in Frankfort Michigan. We have a total of 320 students in out elementary school. As each class comes to the library this week, we will be decorating paper bags for our local store. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of the project.
Carolyn Wallace (cwallace@benzie.com)
Frankfort Elberta Area Schools
Frankfort, MI

Michigan Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997

I just wanted to report that I had my two 5th grade Science Classes design Earth Day bags. We did just 60 of them this year but hope to spread the activity on to other classes in our school. The bags were delivered to a local produce market to be distributed in our community. I want to thank you for the idea. It's a great way to spread the word. The children thought it was super.
Greg Hartsell ghartsel@remc11.k12.mi.us
Eastside Elementary
Niles, MI
Blessed Sacrament School from Midland, Michigan participated in this great project during Earth Week 1997. The kids decorated 200 bags and the grocery store that we took them to displayed them and then passed them out to customers. This is a great way to get the message across to our local community of how much our students want to help save our environment for many future generations to enjoy clean air, clean water, and clean communities. Thanks for creating this fabulous project!
Peace and love,
The Staff and Students of Blessed Sacrament School
3109 Swede Ave.
Midland, MI 48642
Brian Frankovich bsiags@hotmail.com
(This was received by fax, as the school's Internet connection was temporarily down.)
The 4th and 5th grade students of Robert B. Havens Elementary School in Saginaw, Michigan decorated over 200 grocery bags for Earth Day 1997. As our annual Grandparents'/Special Friends Day came at this time, many of our guests helped in decorating the bags. These bags were distributed on Earth Day at our local Meijers store. The Meijers staff photographed our project at work and put up a fantastic display in the front of the store. This was a great project, and we are looking forward to participating in it next year.
Cyndy Tonkavich, 5th grade teacher
fax: (517) 781-5338
Hello! We are proud to be a part of the "1997 Earth Day Grocery Bag," project. Green Elementary School of the L'Anse Creuse School District is located in Chesterfield, Michigan. The preschool to grade five students decorated 400 bags. The customers at VG's Food Center in Chesterfield, were made more aware of taking care of our environment by the efforts of the students of Green Elementary.
Jeannine Maxson Jeannine.Maxson@moa.net
Approximately 500 sixth graders turned grocery bags into environmental awareness posters for our local Family Fare Supermarket. The students were excited about being able to present an environmental message to the community on Earth Day. Thanks - Family Fare, and thank you for a fun project to incorporate into our Earth Day activities.
M. Coller-Ditta wwmary@freenet.macatawa.org
West Ottawa Middle School
Holland, MI
This is our first year doing the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. Our class decorated about 100 bags for the Village Market in Fennville. The students really enjoyed this project and we are looking forward to doing this again next year. Reported from Pullman Elementary.
Mr. Visscher gvissh@accn.org
Pullman Elementary School
Pullman, MI
Our fifth grade class colored 100 bags for our local IGA to use for Earth Day. Both of our local newspapers ran pictures and articles about our project. The students were very excited about the projects. A few weeks before, we planted tree seeds. Our trees were several inches tall by the time we colored the bags and we wanted to remind people not to waste our trees by forgetting to recycle their bags.
"A.J. Stewart" dbragg@freeway.net
Shay Elementary
Harbor Springs, Michigan
The grocery bags were given to us by the L&S grocery store to decorate.Student Council helped pass the bags out to every class,the students decorated 434 grocery bags,altogether. We returned them to L&S on the 22nd of April to be passed out to the grocery shoppers. The project was a good,learning experience.
Donna deWitt olordws1@moa.net
Pine Tree Elementary
Lake Orion, Michigan
This is the second year that Stevenson Elementary has participated in the Earth Day grocery bag project. We decorated 500 bags for Earth Day. Our local Farmer Jack donated the bags. This is a great way to make the school-community connection! Thanks for the wonderful idea.
Selina Abraham stabraha@oakland.edu
Stevenson Elementary
Southfield, MI
I read about the Earth Day Groceries project and thought it would coincide well with our school-wide Environmental Awareness theme week. Our students are really enjoying the chance to get their views out to the community. Our local Busch's Value Land donated the 400 bags that our students decorated. They did a wonderful job! Thanks so much for the great idea! Happy Earth Day!
Rachel Licari licari@aaps.k12.mi.us
Angell Elementary
Ann Arbor, Michigan
St. Johns Schools in St. Johns, MI will decorate 1,500 bags to use at our local Goff grocery store.


Michigan Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996

Just wanted to let you know that at Dr. Martin Luther King Academy, Mount Clemens, Michigan, we decorated 500 grocery bags for our local Kroger store - add us to your count! I coordinated this through the Before and After School program, of which I am a staff member. Several classrooms participated, as well. Some very creative bags were returned, and we had fun! This was an idea I had seen several years ago but had forgotten about - thanks for reminding me!
Note: The MLK Academy is one of the four original Edison Project K-5 schools, and will be expanding to K-8 this fall when the Junior Academy opens. Deb is a parent at this school. Since her e-mail acount may not be active yet, please copy me on any response you might send:

Thomas Beard Trocco, Associate Director of Curriclum

The boys and girls of Gates Elementary School in Davison, Michigan really had a great time decorating paper grocery sacks. We delivered 534 sacks to our local VG's grocery store. This is a wonderful way to help the children have a sense of community. It was a fun way to learn. Thanks and we will try to decorate more next year.
From all of us to all of you HAPPY EARTH DAY 1996!!!!

Harry Franklin

Michigan Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995

Thank-you for allowing us to participate in this Earth Day project. Oakwood Middle School, Eastpointe, Michigan, students made 200 grocery bags. Next year we will complete more!


Susan Thompson                email:  sthompso@edcen.ehhs.cmich.edu
Oakwood Middle School
14825 Nehls
Eastpointe, Michigan  48021

Reporting in from Port Huron, MI Northern High School 140 grocery bags were decorated with Earth Day pictures and slogans and distributed to customers of Kroger's Super Market on 4-22-95. The feedback was very positive from shoppers and the store. Send me the results when ready. Thank you again for thinking up such a fun and meaningful activity. My students loved it.

 Linda Gostinger

Michigan Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1994

That was a great idea. Thanks. Warner Elem. , 118 Star St., Spring Arbor, Mich. 49283 participated with 400 bags done for Hutch's Spartan Food Store. Thanks again for posting the idea.
Sharon Huntzinger, 5th Grade
From: Sharon Huntzinger