By Dina Nathanson
Dina Nathanson is a 2012-2013 corps member serving on the National Grid team at the Blackstone Elementary School in Boston.
Earlier this year, the Blackstone School Starfish Corps participated in Green Week programming. The National Grid team serving at the Blackstone Elementary School was excited to implement this important week of green awareness, which included activities focused around the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The activities ranged from creating jump ropes out of plastic grocery bags, to a relay race to sort out trash from recycled materials, to the very fun and engaging “trashion show,” featuring the latest in recycled and recyclable fashion.
For the trashion show, students were given a chance to show off their creativity by designing a recyclable ensemble. After designing, they sorted through the recycling we provided, which included newspaper, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, and more. With that, they were able to implement their designs on the models: City Year corps members. Students were engaged and excited to show off their creations in the fashion show at the end of the day. Corps members strutted their stuff down the runway, displaying all kinds of interesting creations. Students cheered and laughed as corps members performed as actual models. Our fellow teammate Will “hosted” our trashion show and gave fun descriptions like, “Here goes Ms. Sam sporting a cardboard headband!” as each corps member modeled their new outfits.
One of my other students had such a wonderful time seeing how she could take used materials and make them her own that she went ahead and created bows for her hair made from magazine strips and pipe cleaners. These unique bows were popular with friends and family alike and could be seen all around school in the following days. It was great to see how my students were really learning how to reuse materials while spreading environmental awareness in our school!