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Its on the bag for environments sake
Student artwork adorns paper bags at local grocery stores for Earth Day
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Students at several Effingham County schools decorated paper bags for customers to use at local grocery stores with reminders on protecting the environment. School system energy specialist Eric Harris came up with the idea and enlisted the help of Kroger, Harvey’s and Snooks’ Food Store. - photo by Photo provided
Some Effingham County students have done their best to make your trip to the grocery store just a little more enjoyable.
Students from South Effingham Elementary, Sand Hill Elementary, Springfield Elementary, Blandford Elementary, Ebenezer Elementary, Effingham County High and South Effingham High schools have coupled with Kroger, Harvey’s and Snooks’ Food Store to decorate paper grocery bags. 
About 1,500 bags were passed out to students around Earth Day so that students could decorate them and return them to the stores where they could be used to bag customers’ groceries. 
This project was completed with the help of Effingham County Schools energy specialist Eric Harris, who thanked the management of all three stores for their support.
“I saw this idea on an Earth Day Web site, and it seemed like a winner since it has no cost associated with it,” Harris said. “Grocery stores already have the bags and as long as we agreed to bring them back, they had no problem giving them to us.” 
While paper bags are not the most environmentally friendly option for carrying your groceries home, they are the easiest to decorate. The most environmentally way to carry your groceries home is in a reusable canvas or cloth bag.
“We are going to try to make this an annual event in the community with the hope that we could eventually start decorating our own reusable bags,” Harris said.