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Trashion Show Opens March 4

Wood Middle School students present their 13th-annual Museum of History show at the Alameda Free Library starting this Tuesday, March 4.

This year, in conjunction with Alameda County Service-Learning Waste Reduction Project Coordinator Nate Ivy, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students have put together a fashion show of historic outfits made from trash. They are calling the show “A History of Trashion.”

Originally conceived as a classroom display, the student’s “museum” was exhibited for five years in the foyer of the Kofman Auditorium. Since the spring of 2007, it has been shown at the library.

The projects give the students a chance to reflect on their understanding of human history from the earliest times to the American experience, according to Wood Middle School. Students work in various media to recreate such models as Roman aqueducts, Muslim mosques, Renaissance treasures and Civil War weaponry.

In addition to historical issues, the exhibit allows students the chance to addresses the more modern problem of waste reduction by encouraging students to use recycled and reused materials from school and home in their museum projects.

Wood Middle School is now in its seventh year of collaboration with Alameda County’s Service-Learning Waste Reduction Project, which is funded by stopwaste.org. The school also has receiving a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Guardian grant, with a focus on marine debris, for the fourth year.

The Wood Museum of History will be accessible to the public on the second floor of the Main Library through March 29.

Janet Levaux