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April 28, 2008

Green Awakening Fashion Show Benefits Sierra Club


Kayla Bonczek, a senior at North Haven High School in Connecticut, says she has always loved fashion. But she developed another passion during her junior year after taking an advanced placement class in environmental science. "After learning about the importance of sustainability in our environment I decided I wanted to meld these two interests together," she says.

Bonczek's teacher, Abigail Walston, agreed to let her do an independent study class in environmental science her senior year with the final project being an eco-friendly fashion show. As soon as school started she got permission to hold the fashion show at her school, contacted designers for clothing donations, found volunteers, and organized the show, which she called Green Awakening. "I also had to decide on an environmental organization to donate the proceeds to," Bonczek says. "Right away, I chose the Sierra Club because of its long history of preserving and protecting the outdoors."

The Green Awakening fashion show was held on Earth Day, with clothing and accessories donated by various designers put up for bidding at a silent auction after the show. "More than $1,500 was raised from the admission price and silent auction!" says Bonczek. "It was a pleasure to raise money for such a great organizationI hope to be involved more with the Sierra Club in the future." Starting this fall she will begin a major in fashion merchandising at Marist College, and eventually she hopes to own her own store that sells clothing made by local designers out of organic cotton and sustainable and recycled materials.

It appears that when Bonczek sets a goal for herself, she attains it. "Kayla is an amazing and inspiring young lady," says Abigail Walston.


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