Ontario Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1999
Once again students at Chemong School, Bridgenorth, Ontario, Canada
participated in this worthy project. Students from Grades 2 to 7
decorated a total of 325 bags. Thank you for organizing this activity.
St. Alexander School
Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
Bags decorated: 520+
Comments: This was the first year that St. Alexander School has participated in the Earth Day Grocery Bag
Project. Since our local grocery Store IGA which is located in the plaza next to our school uses
recyclable plastic grocery bags we decided that we would make bookmarks with earth day messages
and artwork for the store to place in the grocery bags. This way each shopper would always
be reminded of the importance of taking care of our earth. We made 520 bookmarks. The students
enjoyed doing this activity and were very creative with their artwork. A group of students
presented the bookmarks to two staff members of the IGA on Tuesday April 20th. The store started
putting the bookmarks in the bags that day and will do so until they are all gone. This activity
shows the community that the students at St. Alexander School has an awareness of the
importance of taking care of our earth.
Greeting from Mountain Gardens School in Burlington, Ontario,Canada!. This
is our first year as a participant in the Earth Day Groceries project.
Since many grocery stores in our neighbourhood do not use paper bags the
students decided to decorate recycled paper with environmental messages.
In total 250 messages were decorated and divided evenly between the local
Sobeys and Price Chopper for distribution to customers on Earth Day 1999.
We also colour photcopied some of the most colourful messages which will be
displayed on a bulletin board and scanned onto our web page. We even
received phone calls from customers praising the students for their
efforts!! Thanks again for a great idea !
Lynne Page and Liz Watson
Environmental Club Coordinators.
Mountain Gardens School
Springbrook Elementary School
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
Bags decorated: 500
Comments: Thanks for the amazing project! I found it on the internet and had intended on using it with my own class, hoping to interest a few other teachers in the process. As our project grew, every single class from grade 1 - 8 ended up decorating bags. We delivered them to one grocery store, and the local paper showed up to take our picture and do a write-up. I plan on getting more schools in our area involved next year. Any ideas about how to involve stores that print logos on both sides of their bags? We live in a small town with three large grocery stores, and only one store uses blank bags. Maybe if they're given enough notice and are interested they could order blank bags for the project. Has anyone tried this?
Thanks again, and happy Earth Day!
Malden Public School
Amherstburg, Ontario CANADA
Bags decorated: 225
This was our first year participating in the project. What a great idea. Our school is a small rural one and all students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 8 participated. 2 local grocery stores donated the bags and they turned out fantastic! The kids really enjoyed them. They were works of art. Next year I think that I will start a week earlier so that I can display them in the hallways for everyone to enjoy. Thanks for initiating a wonderful project!
Oakley Park School
Bags decorated: 600
Comments: We saw your idea on the internet and thought it was great. Our local Zehrs grocery store cooperated and tomorrow the bags go out. Thanks for the idea!
Marlborough Public School
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Bags decorated: 310
Comments: We read about the Earth Day Grocery Bag project in the latest issue of Science and Children and immediately thought it was a wonderful idea. The whole school got behind the project and we easily found a willing partner in a local produce store, Elias Markets. We had a great time, super lessons were learned in all classrooms, and hearing the press release over the radio was quite a thrill. Count us in again next year!
Sts. Peter & Paul School
Mississauga, ON Canada
Bags decorated: 100
Comments: This is a fabulous idea. The students really enjoyed creating their Environmental messages; getting their messages out there in the community made it all the more exciting. Sadly, we could not locate a grocer in our city that uses paper bags so we approached the Liquor Store Board which was more than happy to participate in this event.
Till next year! Constanza
Bags decorated: 203
Comments: We heard about your project through one of our student teachers. Then we found your Web Site to get the details.
Last Thursday, 22 April 1999, students from all classes decorated paper bags provided by Mike Dean's Super Food Store in Chesterville, Ontario.
A total of 203 bags were decorated! Sorry ...no pictures.
Chesterville Public School
Chesterville, Ontario, Canada
Bags decorated: 200 +
We will be decorating our bags this week and delivering them to Best Value Zellers Department Store for Thursday.
We have 235 students in the school so we hope to get at leat that many decorated. I will give a final count on Wednesday evening. Thanks for such a positive idea. We are all excited about the project.
This is just a final report. Every class in our school participated in this project from Kindergarten (JK &SK) up to Grade 8. Some incredible talent was exhibited along with valuable messages. Grade 1 and 2 students were the leaders - going to rooms to explain the reason for the project and how it would happen. 427 bags were delivered to Best Value Department Store tonight for use tomorrow !
Battlefield Public School
Naigara Falls Ontario Canada
Bags decorated: 30
Our Lady of Victory Senior School
Fort Erie, Ontario
Bags decorated: 15
Miss Sandra Crawford
Oakley Park Public school
Barrie, Ontario Canada
Our school, Orchard Park Public School in Orillia, Ontario, Canada has
decorated 200 grocery bags for a local store for Earth Day. The grocery
store is Zehrs. The students in our school that decorated the bags were
from grade 1 to 5. I had several students from grade 6 and 7 that helped to
present the activity to these younger grades.
Thank you for the great project for our school to work on for Earth Day.
Ms. Linda Buchanan
Ontario Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998
Earth Day 1998
On April 22th at O'Gorman Intermediate School, over 200 students
grads 6 to 8 were involded in an "Earth Day Groceries Project". Over 240
paper bags were coloured and had written messages on them and sent to a
local super market "Super Fresh-A&P" to encourage people of Timmins,
Ontario to keep our earth clean.
These students enjoyed supporting Earth Day. Our projet was a success and
we have recieved positive feedback from the community. We hope to continue
this project as the years progress for our generation have to make a
difference for our environment.
O'Gorman Intermediate School in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Special Events Committee
Peter Harkins email@example.com
This is the second year that the students at Chemong School,
Bridgenorth, Ontario, Canada, have taken part in this project. This year
students from Grade 2 to Grade 7 decorated 350 brown paper bags from
local stores. It is a valuable opportunity for students to learn the
difference between renewable and non-renewable resources. They all
enjoyed decorating the bags. Thankyou for organizing this worthwhile
Jane Galbraith firstname.lastname@example.org
We decorated 170 bags!!
Submitted by Stephanie and Julie, Grade 4
Janet Joyce (email@example.com)
Armour Heights Public School
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
275 students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 decorated bags
for our neighbourhood IGA
Fred Sutherland (Fred G._Suiherland@pcbe.edu.on.ca)
Edmison Heights Public School
Grocery Bags from Millbrook
We are two schools from Millbrook Ontario Canada:
Millbrook South Cavan Annex and Millbrook South Cavan School.
Our grades go from Kindergarden to grade 8.
We have made 409 grocery bags for Calhounšs IGA in downtown
Millbrook for Earth Day.
Class of Dave Stabler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Millbrook South Cavan
Wilson Avenue School
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (100km west of Toronto)
400 beautifully decorated bags delivered to our local Dutch Boy/IGA
Grade 6 teacher
Queen Elizabeth pupils decorated 272 paper bags with earth day messages and
delivivered them to our local IGA groccery store for distribution.
Cathy Manias-Fiddler (email@example.com)
Queen Elizabeth Public School
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
The students of Keatsway School decorated 390 grocery bags
with crayons and markers.The bags carried messages to be kind
to the earth and to save the endangered animals.Today, April 21
a group of students returned the grocery bags to
Zehr's Masrkets, Beechwood Plaza, Waterloo.
Thanks for letting us be part of this great project.
Anne-Marie Periard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keatsway Public School
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
At Cameron Street School in Collingwood, we are participating in the Earth Day
Groceries Project for the second year. 470 students will be re-using paper to
Earth Day Messages and illustrations. They will be inserted in grocery bags
(plastic) at our local Loblaw's store.
We are also working on another Earth Day Project. Our school is hoping to
collect 10 cents from each student so we can raise enough money to help
"purchase" one metre of the Trans Canada Trail. The Trans Canada Trail is a
Millenium project that should be ready for July 1, 2000. There will be a trail
that runs from British Columbia to P.E.I.
People will be encouraged to use the trail for walking, biking, cross country
skiing, snowmobiling and horseback riding. Groups and individuals that donate
$36 to the trail will get their name on a plaque at a pavillion. This trail
will allow Canadians and others to enjoy the beauty of our country and
participate in outdoor activities. We would like to see other schools take up
the challenge of raising enough money to purchase one metre of the trail. If we
all give a little, together we can accomplish great things. Enjoy Earth Day
at your school!
Ruth Hall (rhall@ cses.scbe.on.ca)
Cameron Street Public School
Ontario Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997
For the second consecutive year, St. Peter School, located in Tecumseh,
Ontario, Canada which is about 5 km east of Windsor, participated in the
Earth Day - Grocery Bag Project. Last year we decorated four hundred bags
and this year we increased our output to approximately five hundred. We
distributed these bags to two local grocery stores once again. In fact one
of the stores asked us if we were going to participate in the project before
we even started. They even arranged a local newspaper interview. Again, many
thanks for the great idea that continues to foster cooperation within our
David Lozinsky email@example.com
Grade 4/5 teacher
St. Peter School
Our principal is Jamie Bumbacco
What a great project! We decorated 450 bags with environmental
messages. Our local Loblaws supplied the bags even though they use plastic. It
was fun to see the bags return to the school to carry snacks and other items.
We've been thinking about decorating cloth bags with environmental messages for
next year. I like Cameron P.S.'s idea of putting environmental messages into
Rick Hay firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitney Public School
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Greetings from Canada's capital city, Ottawa. We are pleased to
report that the students at Dunlop School (Grades 1-6)decorated 500 grocery
bags which were delivered to the Loeb store for distribution on Earth Day.
Dunlop Public School
J. Russil / P. McLeod Patricia_M._Mcleod@obe.edu.on.ca
We at Sir Winston Churchill Public School in London Ontario Canada
are proud of our Staff and students, who for the past two weeks have
educated ourselves on Environmental issues. We were lucky to have BAGS
donated by the A&P on Clarke Road S. Our Junior and Intermediate
students in cross-grade teams decorated 150 bags. Some of the arrt was
suitable for framing. The lucky shoppers on EARTH DAY at the A&P were
presented with a reminder that what we do on this Earth affects all
things great and small. Thanks for the great idea. See you next year.
Ena Runnalls for the Staff and Students at Sir Winston Churchill WINNERS
of this Years Peter Jaffe Award for "Safe Schools"
Jeffrey Runnalls email@example.com
What a great idea! We went to all three grocery stores in our town
of 5000 people and all agreed to participate. We did a total of 360 bags (one
per student). The art work on some was astonishing and towns people were
thrilled to get them. We have plans to do it again next year!
Anne Range and Bill Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org
Walkerton Public School
Walkerton, Ontario, Canada
We are sending 181 bags to Fortinos Supermarket. They have been
decorated by the students of Baycrest and Baycreat has grades one to five. We
have decorated the bags very well I think.
SANDRA LAURIN email@example.com
North York Ontario Canada
Greetings from Keith Wightman P.S., Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Our school of 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 decorated 350
bags and gave them to a neighbourhood IGA grocery store to use on Earth Day.
Hilda J. Class_HJolley@pcbe.edu.on.ca
The Grade 5 classes of Diane Sweeting and Jane Galbraith
decorated 125 bags provided by Speed's Valumart and
Guardian Drugs in Bridgenorth. My kids had a great time and made some
wonderful artpieces out of the grocery bags!! In fact, yesterday we got a
fax from a lady that bought groceries who was very impressed and thanked
"Amanda from Chemong School". She phoned the school first to find out our
fax number. The kids put on each bag: Earth Day, April 22, 1997, a picture
of the globe, their first name, the name of the school and a wise saying
about helping to keep the world a safe and healthy place to live and then
very creatively decorated the bag. I can't imagine the work that this
entails for all of you, but we here in Bridgenorh, Ontario appreciate the
time and effort you have spent in the organization of it all.
Jane Galbraith firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemong Public School
Bridgenorth, Ontario, Canada
What a great project you have! I visited several times a few weeks ago,
and I liked what I saw. I talked to some staff members, and then the
entire staff. All were supportive as was the local grocery store
Please add us, Keatsway School in Waterloo, Ontario, to your list of
Zehr's Beechwood provided us with 500 unprinted grocery bags. 470 of
them were decorated by the children at Keatsway Public School in
Waterloo, Ontario. Each child from Kindergarten to grade 6 in the
school decorated a bag. When we passed word of this to our board, we
had TV and newspaper coverage. This is one project of many that we have
on the go for this Earth Week.
This week we plan to use local green areas to learn more about the
environment. We will be weeding our nature garden, a patch of the
school yard that has been planted with native species and which has
attracted some small animal life. We are hoping to enlarge this area
and to plant more trees and bushes around the school. One class is
making vermicomposters to take home. We will be finishing earth week
with a concert by a local artist.
Waterloo is a small city of 90,000 about one hour west of Toronto. It
is part of the regional municipality of Waterloo which comprises
Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge. With a total population of 405,000
the regional municipality is the 11th largest metropolitan area in
Canada. Historically it is a German settlement with many manufacturing
industries, especially textile mills located on the Grand River, and
food industries. It hosts the second largest Octoberfest in the world,
next to the festival in Munich, Germany. The area has many small
industries, especially software development. Two universities are
located in Waterloo, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier
Thanks for a great idea - for which I have received many compliments.
Millbrook South Cavan School of Millbrook, Ontario, Canada, drew and
coloured 500 grocery bags for Earth Day. They drew different things on the
grocery bags involving Earth Day on April 22, 1997. Millbrook is a very small
town on the outskirts of Peterborough in Ontario. Peterborough is about 1 hour
Northeast from Toronto. Millbrook is too. It is an agricultural and tourist
Cameron St. Public School in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada completed 471
Earth day grocery messages. Our local grocery store does not use paper
bags. They use plastic bags. So we are putting messages in the bags. So
that we don't waste good paper we our putting messages on recycled
You can visit our school on the web at http://cses.scbe.on.ca
From: Mike and Claire, grade 5
P.S. We are sending a picture of our class in a separate message.
We've had fun decorating 200 grocery bags for our local grocery
store! Thanks for introducing us to this project.
Grades 4, 5, and 6 email@example.com
Armour Heights Public School
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Ontario Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996
Grandview Public School in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada decorated 384 grocery
bags for the local Loblaws store. The project was very well received by
students and staff. Thanks for the great idea!
Many thanks for the great Earth Day Project suggestion. Our students were
extremely receptive to the idea and were very creative in developing original
Our school, St. Peter, is located in Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada which is
5 km east of Windsor. We decorated approximately 400 grocery bags for two local
supermarkets, LOEB and Zehrs. We also received recognition for our efforts from
Again, thanks for the project idea as it allowed collaboration among
for a great purpose..........Our Earth!!!
Grade 4/5 teacher
St. Peter School
Our principal is Dan Simone
We completed 267 bags on Earth Day. It was a novel idea and the community
was very impressed as when I went to the store on Wednesday, there weren't
that many bags left. I still want to get back to the store and talk to the
To date, there are only two people on the Net in this community. Myself and
my sister. I informed the teaching staff at my school, Wasse-Abin Junior
School, that your group was pinning a flag on a map as to the location where
the grocery bag projects were happening. They were very excited about it as
a few people know where Manitoulin Island is located, let alone Wikwemikong.
Sometimes I feel I am the voice to the outside world although we are not
that isolated. Hopefully by September our two schools will be on-line as
the telephone company is just laying out the fibre optic networks.
We attend a school in a rural area of South Central Ontario. The 450 students
from K-8 helped others in the community think about Earth Day by completing 400
bags. People in the community were keen on the idea and there was even a
suggestion made that the students should think about decorating bags for other
special times of the year. A lot of the students had phone calls from
neighbours to tell them how nice the bags were done and to compliment them for
making other people aware of earth day. Thank You for a great, community
Dave Stabler's Grade 5 Class
Millbrook, Ontario, Canada
Millbrook South Cavan Public School
EARTH DAY 1996!
Our Earth Day project was a great success. We completed 1000 bags and had
a great time doing it. Our school turned the project into a spirit day and
had a lot of fun with your idea!
A big thank you goes out to Dieter and Darcy's No Frills in Peterborough
for donating the grocery bags and to the 200 students who decorated them.
Thanks for a great time.
See you next year!
YOUR FRIENDS AT KING EDWARD
KING EDWARD PUBLIC SCHOOL
125 AYLMER ST. S.
PS...We'll watch the Web Page for all of the results.
Approximately 330 students eagerly participated in
decorating Earth Day grocery bags. Some of our junior
students made posters for the grocery store to display as
well. Hopefully we will have some pictures on our home page
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Duke of Edinburgh Public School
There were 38 students in the grade 1 and 2 classes that participated
in the project. This is the first year that they have done so. They decorated
about 70 bags. I'm sure that next year will be even bigger.
Egremont Community School
Ontario Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995
My teacher handed out the grocery bags from grade one to grade five classes.
We have collected them all and there are 69 bags all completed. We are going
to send them to Fortinos which is a grocery store in our neighborhood and
they are going to hand them out during Earth Week to all the people who buy
We all enjoyed working on them and we hope we learned something new about
conservation and reducing for Earth Week and every week.
Please send your report to my teacher at Gulfstream P.S. Toronto, Ontario.
Park Ave P.S. in HollandLanding Ontario north of Toronto participated in
the grocery day project and 520 bage were beatifully decorated.
Thank you for sharing the idea and communicating the results
jerry diakiw principal
Queen Mary Street School enthusiastically decorated 210 bags
for our local Loeb IGA.
Queen Mary Street School
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
This is another bag report.
West Lynde Public School
270 Michael Blvd.
Whitby, ON, CAN
approx. 450 bags were done by K-6 students.
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