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Fifth-grade students at Bolton Primary School strutted down the runway to the beats of dance party music in their handmade by: MICHAEL QUISLING - Fifth-grader Briana Alexander models her pretty in pink dress made of plastic bags at the Trashion Fashion Show at Bolton Primary School.  creations on Oct. 19 during the quasi annual Trashion Fashion Show.

The show was a collaboration between the two fifth-grade teachers Mike Quisling and Kelly Rogers. More than 40 students were given the option to create a costume from recycled or reused goods and write a creative “runway” story about their creation. They took to the catwalk in front of the whole school — more than 250 people — during a morning assembly.

Costumes ranged from a perfectly round recycled cardboard Coke can decorated with old paints, to a hot pink ballroom gown made from bubble wrap and styrofoam, to a lion made from curled paper painted gold with green tips, a cellophane collar and a folded paper skirt.by: MICHAEL QUISLING - One Trashion Fashion Show contestant dressed up as a refrigerator.

Educational lessons about energy, recycling and conservation are part of the students’ regular curriculum, said Rogers. However, the Trashion Fashion Show allows students to engage with the subject matter hands-on and be creative with their learning. by: MICHAEL QUISLING - Trashion Fashion Show emcees, from left, fifth-graders Ashley and Briana Alexander and Ashley Yablonsky.

“We want students to be aware of what is thrown away and how we can reuse it,” Rogers said. “We made the assignment optional this year, but we had a really great response. I was really pleased with what the students came up with.”

“It was just fantastic,” added Quisling. “Students really responded to the writing piece of it.”

Katie Russell dressed up as a giant can of Coca-Cola because she really likes soda.

“It was kind of hard to walk in,” she said.

Aidan McMahan didn’t participate in the fashion show, but he said being in the audience was “really cool.”

“Lots of kids made dresses out of plastic bags,” he said. “They looked good enough to walk down the street in.”

Anjali Bassett dressed up as a robot. She used dryer vents for arms, spray-painted the box around her body silver and had a helmet with holes for her eyes, nose and mouth. by: MICHAEL QUISLING - Fifth-grader Grant Johnson titled his recycled costume 'Bottle Boy.'

Shannon Rodriguez designed the plastic prom dress. The dress was made of bags, glue and tape and had a puffy tutu.

Maya Keahia designed the costume called “Starburst Girl.” The costume was made of garbage bags, duct tape and “lots of Starburst wrappers.”

Grant Johnson said it took him three days to design his bottle boy costume. The costume was made of 2 liter bottles, string and featured a vest, milk carton hat and goggles made from the end of a water bottle.

Jillian Tenner and her friend dressed up as salt and pepper shakers. Her costume was made of a cardboard box, construction paper and fabric from her grandmother.

James Nicholson dressed up as a cardboard house. It took him four days to build and featured a functioning door, mailbox and window. When he walked down the runway, you couldn’t even see his feet.

“I had seen the other trashion shows,” he said, noting that he was inspired by a walking pile of trash from a previous year.

Nikki Rudnick dressed up as the “Newspaper Samurai.” Her costume included a sword and shield and rolled up newspaper to make a suite of armour and pleated skirt.

“I knew I wanted to be a ninja or samurai because ninjas are cool,” she said.