The middle aisle of Trinity Elementary School's auditorium doubled as a fashion runway on Tuesday (April 30), 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 stylish to glitzy to quirky, were made from recycled or reused materials in a project that blended students' creativity and concern for the planet.
Its 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 bottle caps were adhered to shirts and hats or hung as charms on necklaces. Some articles of clothing incorporated construction paper from decorations removed following the recent Enchanted Forest 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 and "High Hopes" by Panic! At the Disco.
"This was a true celebration for Trinity Elementary School," Principal Michael Hilderbrand said. "The idea of 'reduce, reuse, recycle' came to life as a result of the hard work and dedication of our fourth-grade teachers and the creativity of our students."
The volunteer project that students completed at home helped them explore the impact humans have on their environment.
The skills students have been developing through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes helped them pull off their designs with flair, said teacher Johanna Vasquez, who came up with the idea for the show. "It has made them confident enough to work on their own and create these amazing dresses and outfits."
Student 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."