I have saved something very special for the final contest in the Big Binder Eat Local Challenge. I genuinely hope that even after this challenge, we can all continue to make choices that will impact our community for the better.
You know I love the Zoo, so it should come as no surprise that my family attended the first “Party For The Planet” there on Earth Day. My husband and I were thoroughly impressed by some Thornapple Elementary School’s Environmental Club members who gave a brief presentation about the need to utilize reusable grocery bags, and then gave bags away to encourage making this choice.
The Environmental Club was started in 2000 by Dr. Linda Ernst for this very reason. Under her direction it has grown from 12 to 40 children in the past seven years and now participates in a variety of projects such as picking invasive weeds, membership in the international children’s program Roots & Shoots, making crafts out of recycled projects, and setting up recycling stations. By recycling printer cartridges and a setting up a new Paper Gator program, they are also able to donate to the John Ball Zoo Footsteps to the Future Program, The Kent County Humane Society and Heifer International‘s Read to Feed Program.
Phew! If these third and fourth graders can do all that; what can you do? Start by saying no to paper OR plastic.
Regardless of where we shop, we need to get our goods to the car (or bus) one way or another. When you are asked if you would like paper or plastic; you can tell them that you would like to use your own reusable bag.
This is a clever segue into today’s contest; a canvas bag giveaway by the Thornapple Elementary School’s Environmental Club. This is a great big sturdy canvas bag that will serve your grocery-getting needs for a long time.
Enter the contest by leaving a comment below thanking these awesome kids for all of their hard work. They feel so strongly about their purpose that they have donated fifteen bags (wow!) to give away. Thanks for participating; and good luck!