New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1998
When planning Earth Day activities at my company this year, West
Valley Nuclear Services (a contractor with the Department of Energy and New
York State Energy Research & Development Agency), I found your story about the
grocery bag program on the internet. Our company partners with the local
school and has a mentoring program with students from Grades 3 - 12. Each year
we have a community outreach program with area schools during Earth Day. My
goal was to have my company, the mentoring students, the elementary students
(K-6), and the local market join forces in sharing their "Pollution Solutions"
with the overall community.
The mentoring students adopted classes and went to each classroom and gave
presentations about the program. Students were asked to come up with messages
that focused on air, water and land pollution prevention.
The elementary school has approximately 300 students and we received 293
colorful bags which were then hand-delivered to the market to be given out to
customers. Our photographer took pictures of the mentors handing out bags for
our company newsletter. Since most of the students included their first name
and grade, the proprietor of the West Valley Market cheerfully hand-selected
bags for families that came in requesting their child's artwork and message for
Earth Day. (We have a very small community!)
We had a contest for the most creative, most original, best presentation, and
best message bags and 24 students won prizes.
This program was a win-win situations for everyone involved. Our company
received goodwill and publicity for being an environmentally-conscious good
neighbor, the mentoring students adopted classes and become role models for the
younger children and honed some of their presentation skills, the elementary
students learned about the environment and 'told their story' on the grocery
bags, the local market was seen as another partner with the school, and the
members of the community was able to take home the students' messages.
To sum it up, this turned out to be an excellent vehicle to communicate the
importance of taking care of our earth and to practice the 3 R's of Reduce,
Reuse, and Recycle.
Thank you for letting us share in the fun!
Cathy Atkinson (email@example.com)
West Valley Central School
West Valley, New York
For the first time the students at the Kildonan School participated in the
Earth Day Grocery Project.
In their Science classes each of the students decorated a grocery bag provided
by the Grand Union in
Amenia, New York. The students decorated 32 bags which were then given back to
the Grand Union
to be distributed. They really enjoyed participating in the project and
learned about types of pollution
and ways to help preserve our environment.
Tammy Polhemus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Kildonan School
Pleasant Valley, New York
I am writting to you to give you information about our participation
in the Earth Day Groceries project.318 bags were designed by students
in grades k-5, from the Montauk Public School, (Montauk, NY 11954).
The bags were provided by The Paper Bag Council of the American Forest
and Paper Association. They were distributed by the local IGA on
Earth Day. Even though this was the 5th annual Earth Day Groceries
Project, this was the 1st year that Montauk School participated. Two
of the bags were kept and sent to Coleen Shine, in Arlington
Virginia(she's from the paper council) so that they may be used by her
for public relations purposes. We loved the project and the community
Alice Housenecht and Sue Nicoletti email@example.com
In order to promote environmental awareness, Huntington Intermediate School, in Huntington, New York, recently held a Pollution Solution Fair. As their contribution to the fair, the students in the fifth grade classes of Ms. Bartsch, Mrs. Ricco, Mrs. Regan and Miss Von Vange participated in the Earth Day Groceries Project 1998.
Southdown Supermarket generously donated one hundred-fifty bags which the students enthusiastically decorated and delivered to the store on April 21st. On Earth Day, April 22nd, delighted customers received their groceries in gaily decorated bags which contained various environmental messages.
The Earth Day Groceries Project enabled the students to participate in various cross curricular activities such as creating graphs in Mathematics class, writing poetry in Language Arts class, and in Social Studies, incorporating the Earth Day Groceries Project results of their respective states, in their Hyperstudio State Presentations.
The Earth Day Groceries Project enabled the children to form a partnership with a merchant in their community, in order to promote environmental awareness not only in our village, but throughout the world.
The following poem, written by Jenny, best describes the children's feelings towards pollution.
polluting, destroying, killing
it can be prevented
Ithaca City School District Earth Day Project
Our local supermarkets, Tops, P & C, and Greenstar, assisted us by
providing the bags, distributing the bags, and by displaying our Earth
Day banner and posters. The community was encouraged to ask for an Earth
Day bag in the participating supermarkets on Earth Day, and to follow
the messages written on the bags.
In the elementary schools, instruction on Earth Day was done by the
classroom. teacher. Some of the signs were hand drawn in the art class,
some in the classroom, and some classes used the computer to design the
signs. At the middle school the signs were done using the computer,
and by hand. The project was completed in science, social studies,
English and in math classes. In math class students used compasses and
straightedges as part of their geometric construction unit to create
endangered animal designs. The science class cleaned up the school
yard. The math class massed and measured all of the trash picked up by
the science class and compared it to the percent of trash collected in
the world each year. The social studies and English classes studied
ecology and how it impacts society.
How We Used Technology
Our students used computers to make the Earth Day signs that we attached
to our bags. We use Kid Pix to produce the signs. By using technology,
we were able to print multiple copies of the signs. We also used the
computer to generate signs as well as download globes from the National
Earth Day Page. These computer generated signs allowed our younger
students to color in the signs and have printed Earth Day messages on
them as well. Teachers also used the computer to email each other the
Earth Day messages their classes put on the bags. This information was
used to assist us to make our Earth Day Web Page. We created a
district Web page as well as one for each school participating. The
school Web page displayed the bags their students had made and the
messages that were written on the bags. Our District Earth Day Web page
included books we read about Earth Day, community events, public TV
shows on Earth Day Topics, Earth Day Web sites, and links to each of
the school Web pages. In the middle school, students searched the
Internet to find information on how to preserve the Earth. They also
shared with others what we were doing in our school for Earth Day.
Students used the Internet to find Earth Day slogans and messages that
they could use.
This campaign was highly publicized by a public service announcement
produced by Casey Stevens of WHCU Radio which featured students from
DeWitt Middle School. This 60 second announcement ran 1 week prior to
Earth Day. Channel 7 News did two stories about our Earth Day Project.
They interviewed teachers about the Earth Day lessons we were providing
to students, encouraged the public to ask for an Earth Day bag, and
provided coverage in local supermarkets on Earth Day. The Ithaca Journal
assisted us as well to publicized this event. Articles were also
written in school and classroom newsletters. Earth Day banners were
placed in the Supermarkets along with signs asking customers to please
ask for an Earth Day bag.
Many teachers were involved with the project. Please visit our Earth
Day (http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us/iteam/vwhite/earth) Web site to see our
bags, slogans and other information pertaining to Earth Day.
Ithaca City School District (http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us), Ithaca, NY
DeWitt Middle School (http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us/dewitt/DMSmenu.html)- 6th Grade,
Northeast (http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us/northeast) and
Beverly J. Martin (http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us/bjm) Elementary Schools
Bags Distributed: 1,127
Project Coordinator: Valerie White(mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org),
The fourth and fifth grade Gifted and Talented Program at
Cairo Elementary School in upstate Cairo, New York (Catskill
Mountain Region) participated in the 1998 Earth Day Groceries
Project. Students at the school decorated 630 bags! The bags
were used to pack the community's groceries on Earth Day.
Everyone was very pleased to see the wonderful artwork and
Maria J. Suttmeier (email@example.com)
Cairo, New York
HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYDAY!
This is P.S./I.S. 121's first year of participating in this wonderful
project. Our students from grades K thru 8 decorated over 700 paper bags with
creative artwork and Earth Day messages to make our community environmentally
aware. Thanks to Dale Gages and 5Star Catering for donating the bags and
distributing them to their many customers.
During earth week, the students learned about protecting the earth and
the value of spreading that knowledge to everyone. The students loved this
free and fun way to become involved in taking care of our planet. What an
exciting way to contribute--by being a small part of this Earth Day
International Movement. Thank you so much for organizing this project that
helped to connect students from all over the world.
We will spread the word for 1999!!!!!
Submitted by Donna M. Menicucci/Earth
Day Coordinator PD243@aol.com
"The School That Makes A Difference"
5301 20th Avenue---- Brooklyn,New York
This is the second year that we participated in the Earth
Day Gocery Bag Project. Quality Markets of Randolph gladly
supplied the grocery bags again this year. Before they distributed
groceries in these beautifully decorated bags, they displayed them
throughout the store. We decorated 216 bags.
We look forward to paticipating again next year!
Beth Olson (Beth_Olson@Rand.wnyric.org)
Gail N. Chapman Elem. School
We had eight sixth grade classes and two forth grade classes
participate. Each student decorated one bag which was a total of 238 bags.
The bags were sent to East Fishkill Provisions and an article was published
about our project in the Southern Dutchess News. Thank You
for sharing your project with us.
S.PRUSAKOWSKI, J.Owen, and K. Hynes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kinry Road Elementary
Poughkeepsie, New York
This Earth Day the students at Forest Avenue Elementary School
decorated 300 grocery bags. The bags were distributed at the Edwards grocery
store in West Babylon.
West Babylon's website -
Forest Avenue Elementary School's website -
Jennifer Masciangelo (Jmascia@aol.com)
Forest Avenue School
West Babylon, NY 11703
Traver Road Primary School in Pleasant Valley, NY has participated in this
project for the past three years. Our local farm market has come to look
forward to our gloriously decorated bags; bags with a conscience. Our
kindergarten through third grade students decorated 634 bags this year as a
part of our week long Earth Day activities. Many thanks to Marc and the
sponsors of this event.
New Paltz, NY
Mrs. Schaefer's class at the Wiilam O Schaefer School in Orangeburg, New York
decorated 23 bags. Beth Mindes, an education student at St. Thomas Acquinas
College, organized the project. Our bags were displayed at C Town in
Orangeburg, prior to being distributed on Earth Day. The students were very
proud to share their Earth Day messages with the community. This was a great
Beth Mindes (SBMindes@aol.com)
William O Schaefer School, Mrs. Schaefer's class
Rockland County, New York
Happy Earth Day everyone! The Team B sixth graders at Northside Blodgett
Middle School in Corning, New York had a great time celebrating Earth Day.
The 85 students began our week long celebration by decorating 104 grocery bags
to be used at P&C grocery store. The students were excited about spreading
the message that we need to care for the earth. The teachers were amazed at
the talent and hard work that went into designing and coloring the bags.
We've included photos of the kids at work and of some of their results.
We followed up this activity with a neighborhhood clean up. The weather
cooperated and we all enjoyed a school day outside in the sunshine while doing
a good deed for the community, the earth and ourselves. The mayor even came
out to meet us and thank us. This is the 4th year we have participated in
these activities and plan to continue in the years to come.
Doreen Licursi DML6422@aol.com
Northside Blodgett Middle School
Corning, New York
This is our first year participating in the Project. Two sixth grade
classes, three seventh grade teams, and one eighth grade team participated.
The students really put thought and creativity into their messages. Hopefully
the message will have a lasting impact on the community! The Endicott Price
Chopper graciously donated the grocery bags. Our school decorated 350 bags
this year. Thank you for the wonderful idea to help build community awareness
about the state of our environment. We look forward to participating again next
Terre Trupp (email@example.com)
Jennie F. Snapp Middle School
We used bags from our local Edwards Super Store on Middle Neck Road in Great
Mr. Lach, the manager, generously donated 400 brown bags to be decorated for
Our children had a wonderful time doing it and learned timely lessons on
and environmental recycling. This was a terrific idea and we look forward to
it again next year.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Evelyn Skelly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lakeville Elementary School
47-27 Jayson Avenue Great Neck New York
The first graders in our school decorated 100 bags for the
Bloomfield Big M Market for Earth Day 1998.
Ann Rosati (email@example.com)
Bloomfield Elementary School
This is Kaegebein Elementary School's third year celebrating Earth Day by
participating in this terrific project. Our school consists of almost 500
students, grades two through five. We are located on Grand Island, in the
Niagara River between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The students took particular
care to decorate bags with something meaningful to them and many were works of
art. We received 500 bags from the Grand Island Tops Supermarket and can't
wait until they are used on Earth Day. Thank you for organizing such an easy,
worthwhile project that's good for everyone!
Patricia Ludwiczak (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grand Island, New York
Hello from Van Etten, NY! Our school decorated 100 bags for our
local Big M Market. We delivered the bags on Earth Day, some in the morning
and some in the afternoon. The cashiers were pleasantly surprised by the
afternoon delivery of the popular Earth Day bags! The students can be proud
that they helped to make a difference in the world.
Great idea for the kids and store owners! What a way to boost up some
business. The kids loved this idea and didn't mind the prewriting and
rewriting as they normally do! THANKS!
Sue Balland (email@example.com)
Van Etten Elementary
Van Etten New York
This is in regards to the Earth Day Grocery Bag Project. Our school
name is Eastridge Junior High School. We are located at:
Eastridge Junior High School
2350 Ridge Road East
Rochester, NY 14622
The current number of bags that are decorated is 500. Thank you!
Maryanna Mueller firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Wegmans supermarket is supplying us with paper bags and rubber
gloves to clean up our environment. Thank you for your work! Many
departments are working on this cooperatively.
We are first graders from Peru Primary School in Peru, NY. We borrowed
about 150 paper bags from our local Grand Union store and decorated them
for Earth Day. Hopefully people will pay attention to our drawings.
Peru Primary email@example.com
St. Joseph's School in Croton Falls, New York is a small parochial
school located in Westchester County. This is our first year participating in
this project. We decorated 250 bags. The students enjoyed this project and we
hope to join in again next year.
Nancy Malcolm (stjoe345@AOL.com)
Croton Falls, New York
New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1997
Our 6th graders have participated in this activity for the last two
years without knowing there was a count being kept or an official web page for
it. We've decorated roughly 100 bags each year. We'd heard about it from our
librarian when we were searching for ideas for our Earth Day unit. We are
looking forward to doing it again this year and with our school now online we
can be a part of the global project.
Doreen Licursi DML6422@aol.com
Northside Blodgett Middle School
The Student Council of Armor Elementary School in Hamburg, NY, near
Buffalo, is proud to report our Earth Day Groceries project. We had every
child in our school K-6 Decorate a grocery bag from Tops friendly Market
on South Park Ave in Hamburg. The store displayed the bags during Earth
Week (April 21- 26) and used the bags on Saturday. This circulated over
570 bags into the community with Earth Day messages. Publicity photos
were taken for the local newspaper. Everybody in the school enjoyed the
project and can't wait to do it again next year.
Please send us reports from other schools that participated this
year. Also, send us information for next year's project.
Armor Elementary School firstname.lastname@example.org
WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE FOURTH GRADE AT PINE VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. FOR
EARTH DAY, WE PRODUCED 75 DECORATED EARTH DAY BAGS. THE STUDENTS REALLY
THIS PROJECT, AND THE LOCAL SUPERMARKET, SUPER DUPER, WAS MORE THAN HAPPY TO
HAND OUT THE FINISHED PRODUCTS. NOT ONLY DID THIS PROJECT RAISE AWARENESS
EARTH DAY IN THE COMMUNITY AND WITH THE STUDENTS, BUT IT WAS ALSO A FUN WAY TO
HAVE THE COMMUNITY BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE SCHOOL. THIS IS DEFINITELY A
PROJECT THAT I WOULD DO AGAIN IN THE FUTURE!!!
MISS ROBYN KILIAN
PINE VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SOUTH DAYTON, NY
We are pleased to inform you that your Earth Day Grocery Bag idea was a
success. We decorated over 450 (497) bags and then distributed them to the
local Great American, Greene, N.Y. The students enjoyed decorating and
the grocery bags which were donated by the Giant on Front Street in
The bags had designs and advice on saving the planet we love so much and
how to prevent the pollution of the environment and to decrease the
destruction of forests and the ozone layer. We just wanted to let you know
that we greatly appreciated your ideas, help, and concern. We would like to
thank you very much for your inspiration !!!!
Chenango Forks Middle School Students email@example.com
Excellent idea. The children in our school, which includes K-5th
grade, decorated 1000 grocery bags. We presented the bags to our local
supermarket on Friday April 18th because our school was on spring break the
following week. On April 22nd the bags were handed out to the customers. Many
children and their families went shopping that day just to get a bag. The name
of the store was Pathmark Super store in Centereach, NY. The responses to the
bags and the idea were very positive. This project enabled our school to
become more involved with the community. We will definately do it again next
year. Thank you for sharing!:>
Eileen Redding firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxhead Road Elementary School
Centereach, NY 11720
The students at Heman Street Elementary SChool decorated 350 bags.
These students are in grades K-2. Thanks!
Anna Maria Lankes email@example.com
Heman Street Elementary School
East Syracuse, New York
Margaretville Central School
Margaretville, New York
Classes participating: 1 kindergarten, 1 3rd grade
Bags Decorated: 142
Everyone had a great time and we walked up to the store and delivered
them in person. The Children enjoyed the walk.
Pathfinder Village is a private, residential village in Edmeston, NY for
individuals with Down Syndrome. We did 80 bags!
Yes, please send me e-mail reports on the project.
Donna A. Higgie, Recreation Director
My name is Alyssa. I am in the fifth grade.
When I saw the article about Earth Day Groceries in Kid's
FACE Illustrated, an environmental newsletter, I thought
it would be a great idea for the whole fifth grade to try.
So I went to show Mr. Milove, our wonderful science teacher.
He said that it was a great idea, if I would get the bags.
I went to two major local grocery chains, D'agostino's
and the A&P. The managers were very nice and each gave
us some paper bags.
Back at the classroom, we colored beautiful pictures and
messages about the environment onto the bags. Since there are about 75 fifth
graders, almost everyone got two. We will finish coloring the
bags and return them next week to the stores and they will distribute them to
Increase Miller Elementary School
Goldens Bridge, New York
The kindergartens and 2nd grades worked together to decorate
bags for A&P and Rockridge, a local deli.
We delivered 96 bags on April 23, 1997.
The children get very excited making up slogans about saving Mother Earth.
We waited outside the A&P until the first customer exited the store with one
of our bags and applauded her.
She told us she would use the beautifully decorated bag until it ripped then
Kelly O'Donnell Kelly_Odonnell@rcds.rye.ny.us
Rye Country Day School
Rye, New York
I followed your link from Ednet to the groceries page. That was
Thursday of last week. By Thursday afternoon I had secured 500 brown
paper bags for our school from a local supermarket. By Friday morning I
was spreading the word and the bags throughout our school. What started
out as a spur-of-the-moment project for the two second grade classes in
our school (my class is one of them) spread throughout the entire school
VERY quickly! Soon all K-8 classes were involved. I dropped-off the
completed bags at the supermarket Monday evening on my way home. Today,
surprised shoppers were being treated to original artwork and being
reminded to be kind to Earth.
Here is some of what we did:
After decorating the bags we lined our halls with the completed bags.
It was easy; we simply opened the bags and sat them on the floor! It
was an awesome sight to see almost 400 pieces of artwork with Earth
related themes going up and down our halls!
I provided a print out of the information regarding this project to the
store for display as well as a printed sign to explain in brief to the
shoppers. The store posted the information on their bulletin board
which is adjacent to their service desk area. It gets lots of attention
I took some photos, too, both at the store and at school.
Here is our information:
St. Teresa School
16 Hayden Street
Buffalo, New York 14221
no internet connection for students :< (Principal's office only)
We decorated and distributed **386** bags.
The participating neighborhood supermarket was: TOPS Markets
Thanks for a super idea and for providing/sharing the information with
the rest of us!
Margaret Dyte-Graczyk firstname.lastname@example.org
We've had a great time decorating 500 bags from our local Tops
store. Thanks so much for this terrific project!
Pat Ludwiczak Pat_Ludwiczak@gris.wnyric.org
Kaegebein Elementary School
Grand Island, New York
Our school decorated 300 paper grocery bags for Earth Day.
Laury Kerr email@example.com
Glenfield Elementary School
Thank you once again for coordinating this project. The children of
Traver Road Primary School have prepared 622 bags for Earth Day. We are a
k-3 building in Pleasant Valley, NY. This is our second year participating
in the project. Adams Fairacre Farms, a local produce market, provided all
of the bags and will display many of them as well as use them for
Our Fourth Grade classes decorated 190 bags for our local market. It
was a great experience for the students. We have been studying about the
environment and this was an active way to spread the word throughout the
community. What a great idea!
We hope to participate in your project in the years ahead. Keep up the good
Grade Four Teachers firstname.lastname@example.org
Tri-Valley Elementary School
Grahamsville, New York
Hi Mark! We just completed our Grocery bags...616 in all. Almost every
in our building participated. Our Art teacher loved the project so much, that
she incorporated it into her plans. She did the project with teachers that had
decided not to do the project on their own.
Our local grocery store, Quality Markets of Randolph, was very excited about
participating in this great project with us. I'm taking some of the fliers
the American Forest and Paper Association produced promoting your project to
Quality Markets when I drop off the bags today. Ian, a boy in my room, was
lucky enough to have his bag displayed on the flier! We're very proud of him
and his design.
I congratulate you on the development of such a worthwhile project. My
loved being involved. Your idea brought a sort of "cohesiveness" to our
teaching staff. The members of our community have read about the project in
local papers, and are acutely aware of the fact that KIDS CARE! Let's hope
the messages not only get out there, but that they also "sink in." We have had
nothing but a positive response from everyone who has heard about the
We look forward to participating again next year.
Sincerely, Beth Olson Beth_Olson@rand.wnyric.org
GNChapman Elem. School
Participating Grocery Store: Quality Markets of Randolph
Students at the Hornell Intermediate School (grades 3-6) were happy
to participate in the 1997 Earth Day Grocery bag project. We decorated
approximately 400 bags. The local Wegmans grocery store was happy to help us
with this project. We hope to participate again next year.
Vivien Anderson Vivien_Anderson@hcsd.wnyric.org
Hornell, New York 14843
Hornell Intermediate School
Mrs. Thomas' 3rd grade class from the Hornell Intermediate School had
four groups identify sources of pollutions and decorate grocery bags
accordingly. Group One: Michelle, Renee, Danielle, Leonard, and Tony. Our
group decided a problem is air pollution. We think cars are a cause and the
solution could be don't use so much gas. Another problem is cigars. A
solution for this is JUST DON'T SMOKE! Group Two: Shane, John, Greg, Alex,
Brandon, and Jessica. Our group decided a problem is water pollution. We
think toxic waste is a cause and the solution could be to stop dumping toxic
waste. Group Three: Brienne, Brandy, Sean, Adam, and Joe. Our group decided
a problem is noise pollution. We think that loud boom boxes are a cause and
the solution could be TURN THEM DOWN! Group Four: Elizabeth, Ashley, Brianne,
Mark, and Melissa. Our group decided a problem is land pollution. We think
car junk yards are a cause and the solution could be take cars apart and sell !
them. Thank you for letting us participate in this project!
Mrs. Feeley's class also participated in the Hornell Intermediate
School Earth Day Project. Group One: Kasey, Jay, Valerie, Kara, and Lauren. Our
group decided that air pollution is a problem. We think fumes from cars and
trucks are a cause and the solution is to have people carpool. Group Two:
Julie, Jossie, Jon, Eli, and Andy: Our group decided a problem is land
pollution. We think less oxygen is a cause and the solution is to plant more
trees. Group Three: Samantha, Xenia, Ashley, Scott, and Andrea. Our group
decided a problem is water pollution. We think oil is a cause and the solution
is to make sure there are no oil spills. Group Four: Brennan, Jeff, Jessejames,
Brandon Lee, and Lori. Our group decided a problem is noise pollution. We
think factories are a cause and the solution is to make the machines quieter.
Hornell Intermediate School
Hornell, New York
Our school has decided to participate in The Earth Day Grocery
Project. We have obtained bags from the Grand Union Company and will
be decorating them with designs that reflect our committment to
"Saving the earth." Our school is to decorate and recycle one bag
per student, which amounts to about 200 bags. Please post our school
and our participation in this project on your site.
St. James Institute
50 Summit Avenue
Albany, New York 12209
Mary Lou Ritz
Dir. of Dev.
New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1996
I am a fourth grade teacher at the Forest Road School
in Valley Stream, New York. I ran your grocery bag project with a local
supermarket and sent them 500 bags decorated by the kids at my
k-6 school. The fourth graders enjoyed sponsoring the project for the school.
I saw your idea in a classroom connect listserv. Am looking forward
to doing it again next year.
We decorated 500 bags for Price Chopper supermarket in 20 Mall, Guilderland
NY. We are from Guilderland Elementary School near Albany, NY. All grades,
K-5 participated in the project.
The second grade classes at Rye Country Day School decorated 112 grocery bags
with their Kindergarten buddies for the Earth Day Groceries Project. They
really enjoyed the project and the customers at the grocery store were happy
to receive the decorated bags. The project was a great idea and we look
forward to participating next year! Thanks,
Rye Country Day School
Rye, NY 10580
1996 Is our first year (of many) that we participated in this great
project. This year we had students from Kindergarten through twelth grade
drawing totally original art on their bags. The teachers, and the students
thought it was wonderful. All the art teachers who assisted us cannot wait to
do this again next year, they feel their kids got so much out of it. We only
had the chance to do 2,000 bags this year, but next we will take no less than
5,000. Thanks again for the idea.
S.A.A.V.E. Recycles (an animal rights and environmental group)
Thiells, New York
North Rockland High School
Thanks so much for the idea !!!! The entire WPMS 6th grade decorated
at total of 600 bags for 2 different grocery stores: Edward's Super Food
Stores and Food Emporium. We also included Special Education and ESOL students
in the project. What was so exciting was the ability to go to these grocery
stores with groups of 10-14 students on Earth Day, April 22, 1996 and help bag
groceries using our decorated bags. In order to go on this trip to represent
the school, students had to fill out a job application.
White Plains, New York
White Plains Middle School
Students at Virgil I. Grissom Middle School 226 in South Ozone Park NY
decorated 380 grocery bags and returned them to various supermarkets/grocery
stores in celebration of Earth Day 1996. The best were on display in
the school library at the annual Earth Day Expo held on April 22, 1996.
Teachers that contributed the most were Ginger Thall, Steve Lieberman,
Karen Rilling and Barry Greenberg.
Coordinator: Carol Bilge, Librarian,
and advisor to Environment Club.
I would like to submit a grocery bag report for the East Syracuse-Minoa
School District. We had 2 schools participate. Heman Street elementary
school made 292 bags in grades K-2 and Fremont elementary school made 75
bags in grades 4-6. The kids and Leo's Big M Market (the participating
supermarket) loved it!
Also, please send me a report via e-mail when you have compiled the info.
Thanks and good luck!
Anna Maria Lankes
I am a Resource Room teacher at the Harold T. Wiley Elementary School in
Watertown, NY (upstate). Four schools (K-6) in my district decorated
2000 bags for the Earth Day Project.
Many thanks to the grocery stores that provided the bags. The event was
a huge success and received recognition by our local newspaper. We hope
to be involved in a larger way next year.
Thanks for the great idea. Please contact me with any additional ideas
My class (and a few others in my building), participated in the
grocery bag project. I am not sure of the exact info that you collate, so I
will give it my best shot.
Teacher Coordinator: Eric Gidseg, first grade teacher
School: Traver Road Primary School in Pleasant Valley, New York.
Grades: First grade and a few second graders
# of bags: 167
Thanks for coordinating all this. It was a great experience for my
Hello, we are a small K-12 school in the Catskill region of New York state.
total population is only 350. We had all of our elementary students in grades
K-6 decorate grocery bags for our only local supermarket, the IGA, who donated
the bags for the project. Children were most enthusiastic. We hope to do even
more next year. My seventh grade Special Education students organized this
activity in the school as we are the only ones, at present, with an Internet
connection. (I sacrificed ordering materials and bought most of our needed
supplies for the year in order to get our connection to the Internet - it has
been well worth it). We are proud to have participated in this project and
that our small voice in the community will help make others aware of the need
treasure Mother Earth so we all have a wonderful future.
The 7th Grade Special Education Students
and their teacher, Ms. Langston
Roscoe Central School,
Roscoe, N.Y. 12776
Dear Arbor Heights School,
Thank you so much for sharing this great idea. We loved that it
was so simple and creative, and also that we could send a message to the
community without using any new materials.
We have 475 students (grades 2-5) at Kaegebein Elementary School,
Grand Island, New York. We are located in the Niagara River between Niagara
Falls and Buffalo. We decorated 600 bags from our local Tops Market. We
left the message and design open and were amazed at the wonderful ideas and
Please include us in your count. We'll be looking for the final
amount and the schools which participated. Thank you, again.
Patricia Ludwiczak, grade 2 teacher
Kaegebein Elementary School
Grand Island, New York
New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1995
We here at the Joseph B. Radez School are one of the many schools who
downloaded the project FAQs. We did 500 bags in grades K-8. I have
images that I would like to send you, but my mailing program (Eudora for
the Mac) automatically encodes them in binhex (hqx) format even though
they are binary files. Can your Windows environment and mail program
decoded those or will I need to FTP them to you.
Thanks for initiating this great project and giving others the
opportunity to share their work with you.
Joseph B. Radez School
Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
44 East Main Street
Richmondville, NY 12149
We just finished the grocery bag/earth day project at Woodglen Elementary
School in New City, New York. K-2 graders were involved in this very
successful activity. We decorated 365 bags that will be distributed at the
Cropsey Garden Center. We know this will heighten our communitie's awareness
during this week. Thanks for including us! Happy Earth Day!
We are on spring break now but last Wednesday my homeroom students put the
finishing touches on bag 1,000! (They stayed late in order to reach
their goal) I will be meeting several of my students tomorrow in order
to deliver the bags to P&C.
Thank you for coordinating the efforts...and Happy Earth Day!
Rae Covey * 6th Grade Teacher
216 Mt. Zoar Street
Elmira, New York 14904
"Children may not always remember what you say to them but they will
remember how you make them feel."
Thank you so much for this project. It was wonderful. Our school
decorated 220 bags and I just delivered them to the food store for tomorrow!
Munsey Park School
Manhasset, LI, NY
The K-8 students at the Joseph B. Radez School colored 480 grocery bags. We
received them from Price Chopper Supermarket. They were returned there on
Monday, April 17th and distributed to customers, many of whom expressed
pleasure at the receiving the colorful bags.
Many of our students expressed a great deal of creativity in designing the
bags and the experience was thoroughly enjoyable for all involved. Thanks
for the great idea, we'll be looking for it again next year. Hopefully, we
will also have a Web page set up and will be able to share some of our
creative ideas with others.
Joseph B. Radez School
44 East Main Street
Richmondville, NY 12149
Internet : email@example.com
Bt : jmeigel@albneric
Park View School in Kings Park, New York participated in the Earth Day
Grocery bag project. We decorated 1190 bags and sent them to 2 stores.
2nd grade teacher
Park View School
Our computers were down and we couldn't participate in the original
groceries bag report. We are an elementary school in Kings Park, Long
Island, New York (Park View). Two supermarkets in our neighborhood gave
us bags to decorate. The school decorated 1,076 bags for earth day. If
you wish to add this to your total let us know.
Mrs. Goldman and 2-3
Sorry this took us so long, but we were on vacation when Earth Day happened,
and it took use awhile to get our act together. Anyway, here it is:
Wyoming Central School
Wyoming, New York (near Rochester, New York)
Student population:250 students, Kindergarten through 8th
Decorated 300 bags, which were given to a very local grocer (like a small
convenience store). Some of the paper bags were given to us by him, and some
we purchased so that we could participate. The students were really excited
about being part of this, and we hope that we're not too late! We'd love to
Jill and Kim
New York Earth Day Groceries Reports - 1994
We will be doing our bags next week because we are on vacation right now. We
will be putting the logo "Earth Day Everyday" on our bags because it will be
after Earth Day when they get to the store. We have 175 bags going out next
week. I hope this wil count toward your total. Good work.
Riverside Elementary School
Oneonta, New York
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