For the past three years, the 100 Mile House Save-On-Foods store has encouraged South Cariboo Elementary School students to get involved with Earth Day (April 22).
The children were asked to draw, paint, and print messages on brown paper bags to celebrate Earth Day.
The individual decorated bags carry a very similar message: recycle, save the Earth and clean up the Earth.
“Approximately 500 paper bags were distributed to different schools in the area,” says Save-On-More manager Bruce Caspar.
He adds the participating schools included Buffalo Creek, Horse Lake, 100 Mile House and Lac la Hache elementary schools.
“The kids love doing it.”
The store will be bagging groceries with the Earth Day bags this weekend (April 21-22), Caspar says, adding there have been instances where a child asks their parent or grandparent to have the groceries packed in “his or her” bag.
Earth Day was first launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970 and now more than 6 million Canadians join 1 billion people in more than 170 countries, staging events and projects to address local environmental issues.
This campaign is to bring awareness of the environment and Earth Day to the local youngsters, says Caspar.
If people want to retain the bag as a keepsake, he notes they will last a long, long time.
The colourful display of bags the students have created now adorn the walls, windows and pretty much any blank space Save-On-Foods has available.