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Students Show Off Recycled Creations in 3rd Annual “Trashion Show”
Westbury, NY – The Town of North Hempstead welcomed students and their families and friends to the “Yes We Can” Community Center in Westbury on January 16th for the Town’s 3rd Annual “Trashion Show” sponsored by Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union (NEFCU).
The “Trashion Show,” which is organized by the Town’s Office of Sustainability, features clothing and accessories created from recycled materials. Each year, students from the nine schooldistricts participating in North Hempstead’s School Recycling Partnership Program are offered the opportunity to design and model their creations on the runway. This year’s entries included students from local elementary, middle and high schools.
“North Hempstead is proud to offer our students a means of using their creativity in a way that benefits the environment,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “The ‘Trashion Show’ helps teach our children about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.”
Nearly 100 proud parents, friends and family members were in attendance at the event, as well as Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio. All of the students who entered the contest were eligible to participate in the show. The winners were selected by the North Hempstead Arts Advisory Committee based on the judging criteria.
“The projects completed this year served as excellent examples of how items that we consider trash can be repurposed for other uses.” said Chief Sustainability Officer Erin Reilley. “Looking at all of this year’s entries, we can see how items as overlooked as old newspapers, food packaging, and even bike tires can be turned into functional and wearable art.”
This year’s show was both sponsored and emceed by NEFCU. NEFCU was started by a group of teachers over 75 years ago, and is a Credit Union with deep educational roots. NEFCU believes it is crucial not only to our community, but to the environment as a whole that we implement programs designed to teach students about the state of our environment.
“The Trashion Show is undoubtedly one of the most creative events you’ll ever witness on Long Island, and we’re proud to be able to nurture the creative spirit of these children, while also supporting the Town’s continued effort to promote sustainability,” said Edward Paternostro, president and CEO of NEFCU.
This year, the winning pieces will be on display at an exhibit at the New York State Legislative Building in Albany during February, courtesy of New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
2015 “Trashion Show” Winners:
1st – ‘Second Hand Rose’ – Litzy Serrano, Andrew Almonacy, Linzy Perez Pineda, Dioceline Remirez, Maria Moreno, Thaina Innocent, Rebecca Guerrier, Emanuela Rancy, Drexel Avenue School, Grade 4
2nd – ‘Landfill Cowboy’ – Litzy Serrano, Andrew Almonacy, Linzy Perez Pineda, Dioceline Remirez,Maria Moreno, Thaina Innocent, Rebecca Guerrier, Emanuela Rancy, Drexel Avenue School, Grade 4
3rd – ‘Off to Work!’ – Julian Biederman, JFK Elementary, Grade 1
Hon. Mention – ‘Flowery Petals’ - Samantha McCloskey, Center Street School, Grade 2
1st – ‘Formal Female’ – Jennifer Kim, Michael Fiore, Jasmine Aceituno-Novoa, Weber Middle School, Grade 8
2nd – ‘Sippin Snapple’ – Lior Cole, Great Neck North Middle School, Grade 8
2nd – ‘Ball Dress’ – Martha Romero, Eneyda Cortez, Karla Reyes M, Karla Contreras, Christy Contreras, Westbury Middle School, Grade 7
3rd – ‘Beauty and the Book’ – Jenny Kim, Elizabeth McDermontt, Jazmin Pickid, Paul Park, Weber Middle School, Grade 8
Hon. Mention – ‘Calling the 1990’s’ – Jillian Parrino, Mineola Middle School, Grade 6
1st – ‘Glimmer of Hope’ – Ayanna Chambliss, Jael Ferguson, Angelica Membreno, Westbury High School, Grade 11
2nd – “‘Cap’tain Corona” – Getho Brevette, Westbury High School, Grade 12
3rd – ‘Couture Can Evening Accessory’ – Hallie Liman, Great Neck South High School, Grade 11
Hon. Mention – ‘Paper Angels’ - Kaitlin C. Hon, Great Neck South High School, Grade 11
Getho Brevette from Westbury High School models an old suit jacket with bottle caps at North Hempstead’s 3rd Annual Trashion Show.
Students participate in North Hempstead’s 3rd Annual Trashion Show.