MEDINA — Does this brown paper bag make me look cute?
It’s the kind of question parents and preschool educators probably asked Thursday when The Goddard School, 5138 Normandy Park Drive, Medina, held its first Recycled Runway Fashion Show to add a twist to the school’s annual Root for the Earth initiative.
This initiative uses April to help teach eco-friendly topics to students, which is timely as Earth Day is celebrated annually around the country April 22. (Local festivities will kick off Saturday.)
“We are always really big in the month of April doing a lot of learning for the kids about recycling,” said Ivonne Scranton, one of the owners of local The Goddard School.
“We have observed with the kids, when we are talking about the air and recycling and everything, they start putting things together.”
The Recycled Runway Fashion Show was a way to teach the kids about recycling while getting their imagination working.
“It was wonderful,” said kindergarten teacher Tracey Imes. “We put out all of the recyclable stuff on the carpet and they chose what they wanted to be and built it themselves. I helped with taping things, but it was all their idea. My favorite part was seeing how different everyone was and seeing all their creativity coming out.”
The students brought in recyclable items like cardboard boxes, cereal boxes and plastic bags to build their outfits. It also was an opportunity for students to work with their parents, Scranton said.
After the show, The Goddard School will gather the materials the students used and some of the cardboard will used in a gardening project. The idea came from a group of master gardeners from The Ohio State University Extension Office who spoke to teachers about how placing cardboard in a garden can help limit weed growth.
The rest of the materials will be taken to locations in the area that have recycling bins so they can be processed and reused.