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Tahoe Expedition Academy Students’ Art Installments to be Featured at 5 Gyres Event

By November 21, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

The incredible students at Tahoe Expedition Academy are designing art installments made from plastic waste! Featuring pieces such as LED light chandeliers, trashion fashion, and hand cut upcycled plastic designs. These works will be featured at Squaw Valley Institute’s upcoming 5 Gyres event on Dec. 3rd, at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The evening will host a SWEP led ‘Trashion Fashion’ show. Tickets: http://goo.gl/fYtBIu

About the Tahoe Expeditionary Academy:

Tahoe Expedition Academy, founded in 2011, is a Pre-Kindergarten through 12, Expeditionary Learning (EL) School with campus locations in Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista, California. Tahoe Expedition Academy (TEA) mission is to offer engaging academics and outdoor adventures that empower students to reach their full potential by cultivating intellectual growth, character and confidence.

When it comes to educating young people, TEA stretches the imagination by teaching outside the walls of a traditional classroom. TEA provides a forward-thinking approach to learning that takes students into the breathtaking beauty of the Tahoe Basin and the world beyond the Sierras. Here, students aren’t confined to a desk or a standard. Instead, they engage with educational adventures, character development and ‘survive and thrive’ experiences that push them to the boundaries of their intellectual, social and personal comfort zones, where we believe learning really happens. The extraordinary teachers at TEA create Learning Expeditions – long term, “inch-wide and mile-deep” thematic units – to make academic content come alive for students. Through our innovative teaching methods, TEA instills in each young person a love of learning as well as a profound appreciation for their community and the natural world.

About the 5 Gyres Event December 3rd:

Join the Squaw Valley Institute for a discussion led by Anna Cummins, Dr. Marcus Eriksen, and the 5 Gyres Institute, December 3, 2015 at the Resort at Squaw Creek.  This event will examine the mystifying 5 gyres, tangible methods to reduce plastics pollution, and raise awareness for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its devastating effects.

Doors open at 5p.m., Event at 6:00 p.m.  All inclusive SVI memberships are available and may be purchased online or at event entrance. Guests will be able to enjoy the cash bar provided, light snacks, and dinner on your own at Sandy’s pub located near the event. The evening will also feature a live auction, art exhibits and a raffles.  Seating is limited, reserve early to guarantee availability.

Plastic is used virtually everywhere, and is polluting our planet and threatening our oceans at an alarming rate. The Squaw Valley Institute is passionate about bringing attention to this growing situation and helping to open a dialogue about what can be done to combat the problem.

In order to inspire uncommon conversations about this topic within our schools and kids, SVI’s youth program VOY/CE has partnered with Sierra Watershed Educational Partnerships (SWEP).  SWEP is a popular local non-profit organization that promotes environmental stewardship by collaborating with local teachers, school districts and community partners to address pertinent environmental issues. Similarly, SVI’s VOY/CE program is also directed at the school age members of our community and aims to introduce students to thought-provoking topics to create lasting transformations as students expand their view of the world through dedicated time interacting with SVI guest speakers. The VOY/CE program and SWEP’s Green Teams through the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will meet and interact with Anna Cummins and Dr. Marcus Eriksen in advance of this event. Students will have opportunities to develop and ask meaningful questions, examine and share their own experiences and ideas, and develop a broader understanding of the impact plastic pollution has on our oceans and our local environment.

The evening also features an informative and creative ‘Trashion Show’ presented by the SWEP Envirolution Club, live and silent auctions, interactive art exhibits, and a raffle to benefit SWEP.   Ticket prices are $10 per adult and $5 for students and children. As part of their annual membership, SVI members are admitted at no charge. 

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