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1/16/2013 2:53:00 PM
Raising money for outdoor school: It's in the bag
St. Agatha School photo
Students from St. Agatha show enthusiasm for reusable bags.
St. Agatha School photo
Students from St. Agatha show enthusiasm for reusable bags.

St. Agatha sixth graders began selling compact reusable ChicoBags to raise money to go to outdoor school. St. Agatha is the first Catholic school to sell the bags, and one of only three schools in Portland.

ChicoBag is a company in Chico, Calif., that creates compact reusable bags in a ton of styles (shoppers, backpacks, duffles, produce bags, messenger bags, etc.) and prints. All the bags fold into a pouch that is attached to the inside of the bag and feature a carabiner so you can
attach it to anything. The bags are machine washable and designed to be unforgettable. Big companies like Whole Foods, Facebook, NPR, The Emmys,The North Face, Audubon Society and many more have put their names on the popular bags, which sell locally at New Seasons.

Half of the purchase price of every bag goes to the sixth grade outdoor school fund. Students hope to raise around $8,300 needed to send the entire class of 26 students to Outdoor School next fall.

The bags are on display at www.chicobag.com/fundraiser/stagatha.

Organizers were excited about the fundraiser because of its dual impact in helping the students raise money, and teaching them the value of reusing.

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