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In addition to being the dubbed the “Heartlady”, several of my friends, relatives and teaching colleagues started calling me the “Bag Lady.” Many mornings, I arrive at school loaded down with several bags of “stuff” for my kindergarten classroom. We kindergarten teachers need our “stuff”, since hands-on experiences are crucial for learning when you are five years old!
My “Bag Lady” title actually started when I was teaching in north Minneapolis. Not only did I have to have bags for my “stuff”, but also to pass out to the many children I worked with that came to school each day without a backpack. Either families couldn’t afford to buy one, or they were lost in a move. I attend many meetings and seminars where materials are given to us in bags with advertising on the front. I would collect the bags from people at the end of these meetings that didn’t want them. Whenever a child needed a bag, I had one. At one time I had over 50 canvas bags to distribute from my collection.
When I started teaching at Dowling and became more conscientious about recycling, I decided that I could help the environment by using my bags when shopping instead of gathering all the paper grocery bags and plastic bags from stores. I now keep several bags in the trunk of my car, so whenever I need one, I have it. I especially love the large reusable bags I bought at IKEA. They hold a lot of grocery items and are cute too! I also have a thermal bag that I bring with me for the frozen foods.
I’m proud to be called the “Bag Lady”, since it is one way I can help save trees and be more environmentally friendly.
Photos by Susan Feyereisen
Please come to the PTO Meeting on Tuesday, October 19 from 6:30-8:00pm. The Green Team will be leading the meeting and sharing more about the Environmental Education focus at Dowling. Hope to see you there!