Maple Grove First Graders Complete Build with Bags Service Project
The results are in and Maple Grove collected a grand total of 14,580 plastic bags!
During the month of September first graders at Maple Grove Elementary held a plastic bag drive for their building-wide service project. The Waukee Fareway partnered with Maple Grove by donating bins to collect bags and taking the collected bags to be recycled.
The service project was a part of the Build with Bags grant, sponsored by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. Maple Grove was one of the recipients of the grant, which provided two playground benches and a picnic table for the school, all of which were made with recycled plastic bags by Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls, Inc.
First graders’ had four main goals for the project:
- Raise awareness throughout the school about the importance of reducing the consumption of plastic bags.
- Educate students and families about the harmful effects plastic bags have on our environment.
- Encourage the use of reusable bags.
- Inform everyone about the importance of recycling the plastic bags we do use.