Friday, April 11, 2008

Reminder: Earth Day Groceries Project

I wanted to remind all of you about an easy low-tech project that can engage your students in not only encouraging your community to do positive things for our environment, but can also allow them to feel a part of a world-wide community of participants. The Earth Day Groceries Project is one of the oldest online projects.
There are four steps to this project:
1. Borrow. Contact a local grocery store that uses large paper grocery bags. See if the manager will let you "borrow" enough bags so that each student in your school can decorate one. Let the manager know about the project and its environmental education message, of course!
2. Decorate. Have students at school decorate the bags with pictures of the earth, ways to reuse and recycle, other environmental messages, the name of your school, etc. Be creative! DO NOT allow students to write their last names on any bags.
3. Deliver. A couple of days before Earth Day you and/or your students return the decorated bags to the grocery store - with many thanks to the manager! The store then distributes these bags (full of groceries) to happy and amazed shoppers on Earth Day.
4. Report. Fill out the Report Form on the project web site with a count of how many bags your school made. Please, only one report per school. You can also send in three pictures per school and the website tells about how to send in pictures. All reports will be posted on the Earth Day Groceries www site at:
You do not need to sign up or register, just have a great time with the project!

After Earth Day, share the reports and where they have come from with your students. This activity is done by schools all over the world. This proves we can all work together for the good of our planet!!!

Hope your weekend is a good one. I head out for five workshops next week. I start out in Cleveland, which is a first for me. In eight years, I have never done one here at home for BER.

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