Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Earth Day at the Kids Cafe
Kids along with KC staff Breanna and Ebony holding their completed tote bags

To celebrate Earth Day this year, the children attending the Kids Cafe practiced the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. They created sturdy tote bags from gently worn t-shirts.

The bags were an idea of the Kids Cafe’s cook, Carly DiFuccia, who suggested this year for Earth Day we “teach the children about recycling and reusing in order to save single use plastics from going to the landfill.” The tote bags required just two items: a t-shirt and scissors. The staff precut the sleeves and neck line out of the shirts and then the children cut strips into the bottom of the shirts and tied them together. They then decorated the bags with markers.

Several children took their newly made bags home while others donated theirs to the food pantry.

To top off the Earth Day celebrations, Carly made a special dessert for the kids– dirt pudding! The kids had all sorts of reactions to finding the colorful gummy worms inside the chocolate pudding and crushed up Oreos. The littlest of whom were horrified to find worms in their food while the oldest laughed and gulped them down.

Pictured: Sha’Ryah holding her tote bag; Kids along with KC staff Breanna and Ebony holding their completed tote bags; Jonathan feeling unsure about the gummy worm he found in his dirt pudding; One of the donated t-shirt tote bags at the food pantry

One of the donated t-shirt tote bags at the food pantry
One of the donated t-shirt tote bags at the food pantry
Sha’Ryah holding her tote bag
Sha’Ryah holding her tote bag
Jonathan feeling unsure about the gummy worm he found in his dirt pudding
Jonathan feeling unsure about the gummy worm he found in his dirt pudding