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Earth Day in Alexandria

Virginia Paving Environmental Manager Chris Monahan reads out the winning ticket for the prize at the annual Alexandria Earth Day Festival at Ben Brenman Park. With Monahan are Brendan Morris and Diego Ruiz.

Virginia Paving Environmental Manager Chris Monahan reads out the winning ticket for the prize at the annual Alexandria Earth Day Festival at Ben Brenman Park. With Monahan are Brendan Morris and Diego Ruiz. Photo by Louise Krafft.

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Ramsay Elementary School students, Christine, Crystal, Aiman and Nancy wait by the side of the runway to be called up for the up-cycled fashion show on Saturday afternoon.

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ACPS students crowded near the runway to catch a glimpse at their counterpart’s were parading down the runway during the upcycling fashion show.

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Students from Samuel Tucker paraded through the runway and took a bow with their larger than life image of their school’s namesake.

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Nikita, a student a Samuel Tucker, models her upcycled outfit at the fashion show.

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Francis Hammond Middle School 1 student, Dena Ahmed created a flowing skirt out of trash bags.

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Mikaela, a student at Patrick Henry, made a new dress from dresses in her closet that she had outgrown. She also dresses her monkey in an upcycled outfit.

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Daisy Troop 2148 created spring fashions from pillowcases.

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Joe Rossetti, the area forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry presents the mayor and council members with a Tree City USA flag.

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The Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellent Award was presented to Susan Miranda and Kelley Organek of the UpCycle Creative Reuse Center.

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The mayor and members of council are joined by Susan Miranda and Kelley Organek and a few of the Daisy Scouts from Troop 2148 for the ceremonial tree planting in Ben Brenman Park.

— Earth Day is a joint effort of the City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission, Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities and the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services. The annual festival opened up last month in Ben Brenman Park at 10 a.m. with greetings and a showcase of Alexandria City Public Schools students displaying and performing their ideas on upcycling in the performing arts, literature and fashion. A little after noon, the mayor and City Council members and the family of Ellen Pickering took the stage and together with the chair of the Environmental Policy Commission chair gave the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellent Award to Susan Miranda and Kelley Organek of the UpCycle Creative Reuse Center.

Event sponsors included: Virginia Paving Company, COVANTA, Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Clark Construction, Alexandria Toyota Scion, American Disposal Services, Case Design, Deeper Missions, Fred, Harry Braswell Inc., Renewal by Andersen, Landmark Honda and A to Z Renovations. In-Kind Support came through with American Advertising Distributors of Northern Virginia, Bates Trucking Trash Removal and DASH.