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Cub Scouts marking Earth Day at Save Mart

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin Adam Pintor focuses on decorating the recycle sign that will be attached to a bag that a Save Mart customer takes home.

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POSTED April 21, 2009 1:39 a.m.
By VINCE REMBULAT
Staff reporter of the
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Cub Scouts Pack 432 of Manteca will be doing their part for Earth Day on Wednesday.
Members have been decorating the standard brown paper grocery bags that will be re-used by customers at Save Mart on N. Main Street – helping spread the message behind the nearly 40-year-old celebration of preserving “the blue marble.”
According to Earth Day coordinator Troy Stelmack, the local scouts have included distributing activity books and Earth Day packets in the grocery bag project.
“As a pack we do things to get involved in the community, and this is a great way to incorporate that service with something like Earth Day,” Stelmack said. “It gives the kids a chance to be creative and at the same time recognize Earth Day.”
Monday evening the several scout packs that gather at Calvary Community Church got creative with their crayons in an attempt to spruce up the brown bags that most people just end up throwing away – a project geared at promoting recycling and other things people can do to help Mother Earth.
While decorating the bags was fun for 10-year-old Tarren Bergquist, the effort stretched further than the artistic additions.
“One of my chores that I do at home is separating the recyclables and then taking them down to the recycling center,” Bergquist said while gluing one of his drawings onto a bag. “I think that it’s good for people to recycle so that the earth can take a break from making what we need.”
Cub Scouts will be on hand, distributing the specially designed bags offered to the first 300 customers of the store from 3 to 8 p.m. that day. Founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated April 22 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment.
“We will have a table where customers can make promises for Earth Day,” Stelmack said on Friday. “Some might choose to do a better job recycling, for example.”
In addition, Save-Mart has promised to its part by giving a 5 cent credit to grocery shoppers returning any bag they might bring in to use.
For more information, contact Stelmack at (209) 471-1810.

To reach reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail vrembulat@mantecabulletin.com
 

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