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      Waccamaw students encouraging shoppers to "go green"

      Students at Waccamaw Elementary and Intermediate schools in Pawleys Island are encouraging parents to ditch their plastic or paper shopping bags for reusable ones.

      The Waccamaw Elementary School PTA and Waccamaw Intermediate School PTO applied for a grant through the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation to create the program.

      Students and a "Plastic Bag Monster" talked to parents in the afternoon carpool line, Tuesday.

      The program is being tracked by MY ECO. Using their mobile app, shoppers can track how many plastic bags they save.

      Kristen Brown of Murrells Inlet is the founder of MY ECO. Her father patented one of the first plastic bags in the US, and Brown says she's trying to "right his wrong and help Americans choose to reuse."

      In the week leading up to Earth Day this April, students at WES and WIS will tie together all the bags they've collected and see how far it stretches.

      Bi-Lo, Walgreens, CVS, Pawleys Island Supply, Get Carried Away, Surf The Earth Shop and Harbor Specialties in Pawleys Island and Bi-Lo Murrells Inlet are participating in the program.