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In celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, students at Littlebrook Elementary School added their creative designs to cloth grocery bags to encourage shoppers to use them as an alternative to plastic or paper bags. McCaffrey’s Food Market, located in the Princeton Shopping Center, agreed to offer these bags as a gift to customers - and the environment  - on Earth Day.

Martha Friend, K-5 science lab teacher at Littlebrook, said that 400 bags were decorated by pre-k to grade 5 students in partnership with science lab teachers and classroom teachers, and through the generous support of the school’s PTO, which purchased the bags.

“The initiative is part of a larger effort to bring awareness, said Friend. “Our school community, including students, staff and families, works hard to be responsible stewards of our environment through many initiatives like using reusable plates and cups in our classrooms, switching from plastic ware to reusable cutlery in our cafeteria, the substitution of fiberware containers for many plastic food containers used by our food service and working to get rid of as many single-use plastics as possible in all areas of our lives.” 

Superintendent Steve Cochrane added, "The Princeton Public School district is focused on wellness not just for our students but for our planet. We are actively working to become more sustainable as an institution and to teach our students about sustainable practices. This project is a wonderful example of both creative and authentic learning. It also celebrates the power of partnerships – teachers, parents, students, and businesses working together to make a difference.”

"For years, McCaffrey’s has encouraged shoppers to reduce, reuse and recycle, through sustainability education and by offering rebates to customers who bring their own shopping bags," says McCaffrey's President, Jim McCaffrey. "The custom bags from the Littlebrook students add to that education and is a win for the students, our customers, and our environment." 

Student made grocery bag

 

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