Re­cy­cling rocks the run­way at TISA in Taos

The Taos News - - VECINOS - Story and Pho­tos By TISA Talks

TISA stu­dents held their sec­ond an­nual TISA Glam Trash fash­ion show Thursday (Aug. 23) at their cam­pus on Toalne Street. Stu­dents spent a cou­ple of weeks col­lect­ing their fam­ily’s re­cy­clables and re­search­ing how plas­tics are pol­lut­ing our oceans, sadly cre­at­ing lit­eral is­lands of plas­tic the size of Texas.

Art’s co­or­di­na­tor and fourth-grade teacher Me­gan Bow­ers-Av­ina cre­ated the event two years ago, wel­com­ing Pa­tri­cia Michaels as the judge and res­ur­rected the event now that the school has found its per­ma­nent home. TISA class­rooms over­flowed with plas­tic bags, foam egg car­tons, water bot­tles, card­board, bub­ble wrap, trash can lin­ers and a var­ied ar­ray of it, in a spe­cial finds such as bro­ken um­brel­las, kid’s meal plas­tic toys and Hen Scratch bags.

The orig­i­nal Glam Trash fash­ion­ista and founder is also the sec­ond-grade teacher at TISA. Ni­cole Kowal­ski built Glam Trash in 2001 from “the waste­bas­ket” and has re­mained at the wheel for the past 15 years. Kowal­ski was the head judge at the TISA show and came in full re­cy­cled re­galia to the de­light of her stu­dents who had never seen their beloved “Ms. Ni­cole” quite so fancy. Fel­low Glam Trash win­ners and TISA moms Mary Becker and Mary Dam­bacher joined in the judg­ing, also draped in fan­tas­ti­cal, found finery. The school’s side­walk be­came a lengthy run­way cov­ered in chalk art for the Glam­mers as grades K-8 worked it for par­ents and prizes such as Ziggy’s gift cer­tifi­cates and the grand prize gift cer­tifi­cate, which was do­nated by Sec­onds Eco Store. TISA teaches con­tent through the arts. Stu­dents learned the im­por­tance of the three R’s — re­duce, re-use and re­cy­cle. Many of the TISA Glam­mers com­peted in the real Glam Trash show on Satur­day (Aug. 25) with TISA 5th-graders Abi­gail Gar­cia and Sophia Bates tak­ing home the win in the kids cat­e­gory.

Cour­tesy photo

Rabbi Ju­dith HaLevy is a for­mer Taos High School English teacher who also di­rected the Taos Arts As­so­ci­a­tion and the com­mu­nity the­ater for more than 15 years.

Me­gan Bow­ers-Av­ina

TISA fourth grader Ai­den Stow took sec­ond place as ‘UNO Man!’

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