Monday, May 3, 2010

McCall School District Turns Junk into Funk

Last week, I visited the McCall-Donnelly School District with Superintendent of Public Instruction.

While there, we had the opportunity to visit all schools – Barbara Morgan Elementary, Payette Lakes Middle, and McCall-Donnelly High School – and visit with staff after school.

Superintendent Luna speaking with students at Barbara Morgan Elementary School.

When we stopped by the high school art class, I was amazed. The teacher had on display several outfits made out of recyclable materials.

We soon came to find out it’s not just an art project. It’s part of the third annual Junk to Funk Eco-Fashion Event, an opportunity for McCall-Donnelly High School students and local Valley County artists to show off their work and the benefits of being eco-friendly.

This year, the show will include an evening gown made out of soup labels and reused candy boxes, a flapper dress made out of aluminum cans, and much more.

The show is Saturday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at 115 Commerce Street in McCall, if you are interested in attending. 

The eco-friendly fashion show is just one part of the district’s efforts to improve the environment. The district focuses on recycling and energy efficiency in all of its buildings and often incorporates these lessons into the curriculum.

For example, at Barbara Morgan Elementary School, students not only recycle cardboard boxes. They also stack the boxes and calculate their weight.

Learn more about the McCall-Donnelly School District.

~ Melissa M.

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