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SCC fashion show benefits kids with cancer

Students in Crystal Bell's sewing class have been working on outfits for the St. Croix Central Fashion Show for Cancer on Saturday, May 7. Pictured above (l-r) are students Erica Erie, Amy Zerwas, Ashlie Waalen and Niel Peterson, modeling the outfits they are still working on for the show this weekend.

The St. Croix Central High School sewing, career foods, landscape and shop classes are putting on a fashion show for more than just showcasing their work.

Around 30 high-schoolers have been preparing for the school's first fashion show to benefit children with cancer.

The fashion show for cancer, scheduled for Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m. was the students' idea.

When Family and Consumer Science teacher Crystal Bell suggested her sewing classes host an event to showcase their work, her students had a few stipulations.

"I suggested a fashion show and they said they would only do it if we could donate the money to children with cancer," she said.

The sewing students paired with other high school classes in hopes of making the fashion show a success.

"It is important to incorporate as many different classes as possible to help student understand how skills taught in classes can be utilized in real world situations," Bell said. "The shop class is building our set, the landscaping class is designing the decorations for the runway and the foods class is making the snacks. All skills that they have learned and now can apply to a situation."

In addition to the sewing students showcasing their own work, the school has partnered with local company Maurices for students to show their outfits of choice from the store.

"I approached the (Maurices) store manager in Hudson and she was thrilled to help out with a local fundraiser for a great cause," said Bell.

Bell said the fashion show is a great opportunity to see what SCC students are working on in school, in addition to seeing the latest styles students are wearing.

"The community will also be able to see some of the quilts and other (sewing) projects that have been made over the last three semesters," Bell said.

Admission to the fashion show is a free will donation that will be forwarded to an organization focused on helping children with cancer; the students have yet to choose which organization.

"The students are excited to show off their projects and even more excited to help children living with cancer," said Bell.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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