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Student-run Recycled Fashion Show is Monday in Cedar Rapids

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Gazette Staff/SourceMedia  ::   UPDATED: 21 January 2014 | 3:14 pm   ::  

Cedar Rapids Washington students are putting some style in to Earth Week by making trash and junk fashionable with a Recycled Fashion Show on Monday.

Students are designing outfits with not-so-typical fabrics such as shopping bags, rope, plastic bags and wrappers. The event is a fundraiser intended to bring awareness to “green-recycling” and put a fun spin on it through fashion.

“I just want students to get involved and to have fun with it," said Kitty McGurk, organizer of the Fashion Show.

Putting an emphasis on Earth Week is somewhat new for Washington High School students. With the funds raised their Student Senate plans to purchase trees, flowers and plants as well as permanent trashcans (to avoid littering) for the high school’s campus.

Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for adults.

McGurk hopes that the fashion show will become a tradition and that students will take pride in taking care of their school.

"Our school is known for its great academics and talents inside, so why shouldn’t it be as appealing on the outside?," McGurk said. "The planted trees and flowers will “make our school look great."

The students involved are working hard to put on a unique event to benefit Cedar Rapids. The funds raised will not only benefit Washington but also Johnson Elementary.

McGurk hopes the community comes out to support the event because “the more people that attend, the more we can do with the profits. Every ticket purchased is going to help the community. We hope to raise enough funds to purchase trees for Johnson as well.”

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