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' (balloongal@provide.net)
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

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