Maryland Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998

The third grade children at Boonsboro Elementary in Boonsboro, Maryland recently participated in your project. They decorated 100 grocery bags and distributed them to Boonsboro Produce. They were interviewed on our local TV station and an article was written in our local newspaper.
Third Grade Teachers
Karen Keppel
Judy Kerns
Karen Johnston
John Miller
Jeanne Ecton
Greetings from students at Cromwell Valley Elementary!
430 beautifully decorated bags were delivered to a nearby supermarket for use on Earth Day. Every student in our school, grades K-5, helped make the project a success by making a bag with a personal message on it.
Thanks for helping to organize this effort. We are glad to be a part of it. Regards,
Maxine Shindel (
Technology Specialist/Webmaster
Cromwell Valley Elementary
Towson, Maryland
South Penn Elementary School completed 586 grocery bags. I found the project through a search engine while looking for Earth day projects. I am a junior at Frostburg State University in the Elementary Education program. I think this is an excellent program and it gets the children involved in Earth Day in their communities. As part of the curriculum, we are required to complete a "service learning project" - getting the students involved in the community at an early age. After my graduation I plan on instituting this in my own classroom.
Melanie Daymude (
South Penn Elementary
Cumberland, MD 21502
Dr. Mudd Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland decorated 337 bags that are being used by our local Food Lion store. They were very cooperative in donating bags and are currently urging people to reuse our beautiful bags. This was a great schoolwide project! We'll be using your site to do follow-up activities such as reading and interpreting charts, reinforcing map skills, and math calculations. We look forward to participating next year!
Bonnie Helfrich
Coordinator Earth Day Project
Our school received 800 brown bags from Klein's Supermarket. Approximately 750 were decorated with Earth Day Messages by students in grades K through 5. The bags will be returned to Klein's tomorrow (April 17) for distribution on Earth Day. Our students really enjoyed this activity!
Cindy Stone (
Hickory Elementary
Bel Air, Maryland

Maryland Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997

What fun this was! Our students at Havre de Grace, decorated over 500 bags. Each grade level used a different environmental theme. The students loved the prospect of being involved in a nationwide project. The teachers loved the ease of the involvement. Our bags were provided by Valu Foods here in Havre de Grace. The manager said the comments he got from his patrons were wonderful. Positive things were said about our youngest generation and their awareness of environmental issues. Thanks for letting us participate!
Terrie Fraer
Havre de Grace Elementary
Havre de Grace, MD
What a wonderful idea! The Children truly enjoyed participating. Every student in grades Pre-K - 5th at Bakerfield Elementary School in Aberdeen Maryland decorated a grocery bag from Klein's Supermarket. Once decorated the 517 grocery bags were taken to Klein's and given to customers on Earth Day.
Brenda Y. Greene-Hinton
I think I got your internet site out of a magazine - what a find - what a great project - what a way to start a national craze!! At our school about 120 seventh and eighth graders decorated 500 paper bags for Earth Day '97.
We 'borrowed' them from the local Giant store which was more than happy to donate them. I had initially thought to get another 400 from another store - but it takes longer to decorate a grocery bag than one would expect! One of my students received one of 'her own' grocery bags while shopping at the store on Earth Day! Thanks for the opportunity to participate in a fun yet worthwhile project!
JoAnne Hoeffner
Mardela Middle/High School
Mardela Springs, Maryland
Salem Ave. is in the process of decorating 525 County Market bags. This is our 2nd year in the project. Beacause so many teachers are busy with testing I asked for teachers to partcipate voluntarily. Well, 100% elected to "do it agian" this year. The kids love it! The super market loves it and the teachers love it. Great project...keep it going!
Alan Zube
Salem Ave. Elementary
Hagerstown, MD
Our school will join in this Earth Day celebration. We have obtained 535 paper grocery bags to decorate from Safeway. We are very excited about this first time participating in such an earth conscious project. Please include us!
Ellicott City, Maryland
Worthington Elementary School
Mindy Lovalvo

Maryland Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996

We did it! My school Salem Avenue Elementary School in Hagerstown, MD decorated over 400 bags from the County Market Grocery Store. The kids really got into the spirit. Even the pre-school kids participated. Great project! Keep it going.

Alan Zube
Talented & Gifted Resource Teacher
Salem Ave. Elementary School
Hagerstown, MD

Thought we would pass on to you that the students in grades 1 - 5 at Barnhart Elementary in Waldof MD, in conjunction with the local Food Lion, are putting the finishing touches on 500 bags for Earth Day.

Barbara S. Palko
Science Teacher

Maryland Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995

Happy Earth Day!
Bells Mill Elemntary School in Potomac, Maryland decorated 256 grocery bags for Earth Day. We participated in this project last year and were glad to see your message again this year. There is a new manager at the grocery store nearest to our school and he wasn't too keen on taking bags out of the store and then bringing them back so I had to do a LOT of talking and made him very environmentally and educationally aware before I got the bags! Thanks for doing this again.
Sincerely, Joanie Friend

Maryland Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1994

This was a wonderful idea for Earth Day and my school did participate! I am the computer lab coordinator in an elementary school in Potomac, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, D. C.). Every student in grades 1 - 5 at Bells Mill Elementary decorated a grocery bag and we took them to the closest grocery store to the school. I only wish I could have been at the store today instead of teaching school just to see people's reactions! About 350 students decorated bags. I was amused to see that you are located in Seattle, Washington. I was born in Washington, D.C. and still think of myself as being from there even though we live just outside the city. Your idea truly traveled coast-to-coast and I can hardly wait to see your summary to see where else in the world it traveled.
Thanks for the idea.
Joanie Friend, Computer Coordinator
Bells Mill Elementary
Potomac, Maryland 20854

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