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April 1, 2010

MCS students expand Earth Festival with ‘Go Green’ Fashion Show

BY MICHELLE MILLER

STAFF WRITER



One person’s junk may be another person’s outfit. On April 10, beginning at 3 p.m., MCS students will showcase wearable art that they have made or embellished themselves during a ``Go Green’’ Fashion Show.



Students will be wearing items made from recycled and waste materials including book covers, soda can pop tops, packaging materials and men’s ties.



The eco-friendly event, which will be held at the school, is being sponsored by the MCS Education Foundation, Inc. (MEF) at the close of Earth Festival 2010. Tickets are $10 per person or $60 for a table of eight. Fashion show proceeds will benefit MEF programs.



MCS art students have also been collaborating to create eco-art sculptures. Found objects were brought to the art classroom where, under the tutelage of high school art teacher Jeanne Knowles, students brainstormed and recycled these discarded and unwanted objects into masterpieces. Their sculptures will serve as table centerpieces at the fashion show and can be previewed Friday evening, April 9, when Earth Festival activities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a free Family Movie Night showing of ``Wall.E.’’



The MCS Class of 2014 will also host an eco-friendly car wash at the school during Earth Festival. The cost per car will be $5, and all proceeds from the car wash will benefit Relay For Life, a division of the American Cancer Society. According to organizers, students will employ ``bioremediation’’ strategies as they clean the cars, making sure the water runs into the grass to perk and away from any storm drains or streams. Oil socks and phosphate-free detergent will be used to further lessen the environmental impact.



Equipment and supplies were donated by Pressure Washing Services, Inc. of Milford.



Earth Festival is in its fifth year. Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist, according to organizers.

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