Trentwood Farms shoppers will receive an unexpected bonus with their groceries on Earth Day, April 22.
Students at began decorating paper bags Thursday to be handed out to customers at Trentwood Farms, 11055 Allen Road, in Southgate on the greenest day of the year.
All Hedke students are participating in the project, and each has a chance to receive an award for their artwork.
First, second and third place winners from each grade level will receive ribbons and a grand-prize winner will win a Lorax-themed gift basket filled with a t-shirt, book, candy, popcorn, and movie passes to to see the Lorax movie.
Each grade level will also receive a seedling to plant together.
Each year, Hedke students work on an Earth Day related poster contest, but this year is different according to Melanie Hill, green coordinator for the Trenton Parent Teacher Organization.
Hill came up with the idea to borrow paper grocery bags from Trentwood Farms to be used as canvases for the students' artwork.
The concept of borrowing and reusing the bags is a way for students to see how recycling can be used in any setting--including the classroom.
Hill said she wanted to get involved, "to improve awareness of the students and the public about the important role that natural resources play in everyday life."
"They (students) play an important role in the Earth's future," Hill said.
Trentwood Farms is located in Southgate and is owned by Patrick Hughes who also owns in Trenton.
Trentwood Farms manager Kim Haas said the bags are a nice bonus for customers shopping on Earth Day and a great way to spread the word about reduce, reuse and recycle.
"Hopefully, it will educate them about Earth Day," Haas said.
Hedke Principal Vince Porreca will pick the winners April 18.
Bags are set to be returned to Trentwood Farms April 20.