The afterschool program at Chavez Middle School in Hayward hosted an after school assembly to celebrate Earth Day and welcome future students to the program.
The event, organized by program coordinator Karen Byers and her student leaders featured a "Trashy Fashion Show" to show creative reuse ideas for discarded materials, healthy snacks featuring compostable foods, napkins and plates, environmental rap performances by students, and speeches about the importance of caring for the earth.
One student was inspired by the gulf oil spill to make a flowing gown from discarded plastic. "I found out that plastic is made from oil. If we use less plastic, or reuse what we've already made, we won't have to pump so much of it out of the ocean in the future."