According to the RoyalOakPatch, more than 270 students at Northwood Elementary decorated napkins with an eco-friendly message in a poster contest as part of a Michigan Green Schools event.

The state of Michigan has an official Michigan Green School Law that encourages all public and private schools to participate in energy saving and environmental activities that protect Michigan's resources. Green schools, like Northwood, do things like recycle papers and reuse newspapers and magazines. They adopt an endangered species animal from one of several organizations that offer adoption and they plan energy saving programs.

Holding a poster contest to promote ecology concerns is another way to demonstrate a school is green. The Northwood Green School Committee decided to use fabric napkins to conduct the poster challenge. The napkin designs will be judged by grade, with a first-, second- and third-place winner for each. When the contest is over the napkins will be returned to the students to be used in their lunch boxes. The idea is to reduce the use of paper napkins by having the students reuse their fabric napkins throughout the school year – another step toward waste-free lunches.

Julie Race, a member of Northwood's Green School Committee, was amazed by the number of students that participated in the voluntary contest. "We have about 480 students at our school and 270 kids decorated a napkin," she said. "Napkins are still coming in. This contest really got the kids excited."
It wasn't just the students who got involved. Several parent volunteers worked to cut out hundreds of fabric squares, Race said. Other volunteers surged the edges. Others sorted and tagged them. The napkins were delivered to every student in the school.