Students Host Fashion Show, Food Drive for Earth Day

Students Host Fashion Show, Food Drive for Earth Day

Utilizing the attracting power of fashion, North Carolina A&T State University students from the Departments of Journalism and Mass Communication and Family and Consumer Sciences, will host the Fourth Annual Earth Day Fashion Show and Food Drive at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 in Harrison Auditorium. 

In keeping with Earth Day principles and concepts, the fashion show will feature student-created garments made from materials that are normally discarded.  Past shows, have included garments made of newspaper, plastics, cardboard, candy wrappers, bottle caps, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, aluminum cans, grass, and tree leaves. 

While the students will be showcasing their unique reused and recycled clothing items, they will also collect non-perishable food items to be donated to the Greensboro Urban Ministry. A&T students and employees with their valid Aggie One Card will receive one admission ticket in exchange for a non-perishable food item or $1. Public admission tickets are $5. The public is also urged to donate non-perishable food items at the ticket office or at the door.

“We want to be of service to the community while providing real-world, hands-on experiences for students,” said Dr. Linda Florence Callahan, founder/director of the Earth Day Fashion Show and Food Drive and professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. “With Guilford County being one of the most food insecure areas in the country, it is important that we all play a role in seeking solutions to this pervasive problem in the community.”

The show will also feature aspects of the comedy and variety show Aggie Night Live, dance performances and other creative student acts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning designers. 

The Earth Day Fashion Show and Food Drive is sponsored by Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies with more than 300 facilities in 34 countries and is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. It was first celebrated in 1970 and is now acknowledged in more than 140 countries. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Tickets for the Earth Day Fashion Show and Food Drive are available through the N.C. A&T Ticket Office at 336-334-7749.