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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (April 30, 2019) – The middle aisle of Trinity Elementary School’s auditorium doubled as a fashion runway today when fourth-graders strutted past schoolmates, parents and teachers to show off wardrobes that made a statement about more than just style.
The clothing and accessories, from the stylish to the glitzy to the quirky, were made from recycled or reused materials in a project that blended students’ creativity and concern for the planet.
It’s name: The Trashion Fashion show.
“This show will help by showing people that you can re-use things and not just litter or throw it away,” said Adriana Valencia, who wore a gown made from meticulously pleated pages of coupons.
Paper and plastic bags, newspaper comic sections and Capri Sun juice pouches were just some of the materials stitched, taped and glued together to create the clothing. Many, many bottle caps adhered to shirts and hats or hung as charms on necklaces. Some articles of clothing incorporated construction paper from the Enchanted Forest decorations that were removed following a recent book fair.
The students walked the aisle as pop music set an upbeat tone with songs such as “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “Funkytown” by Lipps, Inc. and “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco.
The project fits the next generation educational standards for science by exploring the impact humans have on the environment around them, said teacher Johanna Vasquez, who came up with the idea for the show. It was a volunteer project that the students completed at home. Vasquez said she tried it because she felt her students were open to creative thinking. The lessons they have been learning based in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) helped them build the skills to pull it off with flair, she said.
“It has made them confident enough to work on their own and create these amazing dresses and outfits,” she said.
Student Jaden Braswell cut his from pieces of brown paper, fashioned by his mother.
“My mom came up with the overalls and I taped some flowers on them,” he said.
Yanea Rivera said the show was fun, and also helped show people “that you can make a piece of nothing into a very intelligent, nice piece of clothing.”
Students enjoyed the project for many different reasons.
“I got to work with my mom,” Valencia said. “It’s teamwork. Teamwork makes the dream work.”
“We are so proud of our students for using one hundred percent recycled materials and repurposed refuse,” teacher Terri Agravat said, emceeing the end of the event, after the students did a final dance to the catchy hit tune “Baby Shark.” “They are helping to reduce waste and doing their part to help our planet and to teach others to do the same.”