Avon Elementary students give out free canvas bags
Vail, CO Colorado
AVON, Colorado “-Avon Elementary students handed out 150 free reusable canvas bags and sold another 50 or so at Sports Authority and Wal-Mart last week as part of an environmental awareness campaign about the negative effects of plastic bags on the environment.
The students were also promoting the town of Avon’s participation in a plastic bag reduction competition with 26 other ski towns. The winning community will receive a $5,000 grant from Alpine Bank to be used to install a solar panel system at a public school.
Avon Elementary students decorated about half of the bags with their own artwork. The bags contained rearview mirror reminder tags ” a great reminder for people who forget about the steps they can take for the environment, said Deborah Savino-Gregory, the Youth Foundation coordinator for Avon Elementary’s after-school program.
The students also said one fact to every person about how reusable bags can help the environment.
“It’s pretty fun,” said Analy Chavez, an Avon Elementary student handing out the bags. “It teaches people a lot of great ideas about the planet.”
Many people are aware of the environmental consequences, but there are also plenty that aren’t, said Aldo Baca, another Avon Elementary student.
“I think it’s about half and half,” he said, referring to those that were aware of the harmful effects of plastic bags on the environment.
Teachers at Avon Elementary are trying to promote more environmental awareness in general. The school started a recycling program with separate bins for all types of recycling and activities like this one help the kids take more ownership in teaching their families about doing their part for the environment, Savino-Gregory said.
Avon Elementary students will be selling more bags before and after school at Avon Elementary. The reusable bags were donated by Sports Authority, the town of Avon, Vail Resorts, Wal-Mart and the Youth Foundation.
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