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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.

This year, MCS students will lead activity stations and seminar series for children throughout the day. Seminars will focus on renewable energy, natural gas and energy conservation. Cooperstown Farmers’ Market vendors will be on hand selling fresh spring flowers, a variety of flavored fresh sprouts and micro greens, organic meats, cheeses, baked goods, and crafts and the popular Styrofoam collection and shredding service will return.

Earth Festival 2010 is sponsored by the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) and Wildlife Learning Company and is funded in part by the Bezos Family Foundation. Those interested in attending the seminar series, exhibiting or making a financial contribution should call the OCCA at 547-4488 or e-mail admin@occainfo.org. For more information on the ``Go Green’’ Fashion Show, or to make reservations, call 286-7721, extension 8408.

The purpose of MEF is to provide innovative programs and resources designed to enhance the education experience and opportunities within the MCS district. The three main branches of the Foundation are: MISSION (Meaningful Investments for Student Solutions in Our Neighborhood), which is a studentrun philanthropy group that focuses on education and service learning with a community and environmental focus; SouthofCooperstown.

com, which focuses on student entrepreneurial education and hands-on business experience through a student run web-based business and the Richard Bates Scholarship, promoting education for students interested in mathematics and science.