LEIPSIC — Students grades 9th through 12th in an interior design class at Leipsic High School recently learned to use re-purposed items to create things that can be used in everyday life.
There are 18 students who used re-purposed items to make ottomans, chairs, clocks and planters. The students used tires and tire rims to make some of the items as well as other re-purposed items.
Madisyn Curry, family and consumer science teacher, said part of the interior design curriculum is to teach re-purposing. The students worked on their projects in October and they presented their projects Oct. 30 to a panel of judges.
This is the first year family and consumer sciences is back at the high school.
“Students researched how long a tire sits in the landfill and some of the tires will stay there from 50 years to 300 years,” Curry said. She teaches the students it is more important to re-purpose items instead of throwing them away and buying new items.
She said she hopes to give the students a sustainability mindset at a young age so when they are older they can continue practice it and pass on that information to others while increasing the environmental footprint.
Students created a photo story board of each step they took to create their item as well as a material profile, environmental impact, time log and made a marketing plan.
Lydia Apple and Morgan Schroeder, eighth graders, created an ottoman using re-purposed tires that had a seating component. The students project will be part of a re-purpose competition at Apollo Career Center.
“We marketed it to college students so they can hide food in it and also sit in the ottoman,” Schroeder said.
The students spray painted the tires and used part of a comforter filled with a mattress cover and tied it around the back of the ottoman.
“I liked learning how to re-purpose things because sometimes you throw things away and don’t know there is a way to re-purpose things,” Apple said.
She said there will be a time when there won’t be room in the landfill for things and there needs to be a way to use the items to make new things.
Aubree Schroeder and Schilene Giron made a bicycle tire clock that they call the “time-telling tire.”
The students used a small rimmed tire to create a clock that has a 12, 6, and 9 using cardstock. They used a wooden stand to hold the clock and spray painted the tire white. The students used black buttons for the other time components and used a time mechanism.
“We learned tires take 50 years to compose and can get in waterways. I learned to re-purpose and redesign and that you can make beauty out of what would have been trash,” Schroeder said.
She said the class has taught her about elements of design that she hopes in the future will help her decorate her home.
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