Students attending elementary schools in Craig did their part to promote Earth Day.
As part of the Earth Day Groceries Project, City Market gave Sunset, Ridgeview and East elementary schools 500 bags each. Students decorated the bags with Earth Day pictures and messages and returned them to City Market on Friday. The bags were given to customers Saturday, Earth Day, to make people aware of Earth Day, a worldwide celebration to save the earth.
"We worked this into our Earth Day activities through the week," Sunset Elementary instructor Judy Muldoon said. "We want kids to be more aware of what is going on and what they can do to help."
Muldoon said she wants students to realize the importance of recycling and reusing bags and that paper bags can be used at least three times.
"We want to recycle bags to save the earth," Meghan Innes, 10, said. Drawings on the bags were of various natural resources, animals, bodies of water, mountains, trees and various recycling messages.
Decorating the bags also saved City Market money. According to City Market Manager Dee Miller, the store spends a lot of money on bags in a year and he hopes the idea of Earth Day and reusing will continue throughout the year.
Grocery bags are strong enough to hold up to 20 pounds and are made to be used more than once. One couple in Oregon used the same grocery bag 98 times before recycling it. Armed with these facts, students were determined to decorate the bags in a way that people would want to use them again.