ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Many of the fashion design students at Lift for Life Academy didn't know how to sew on a button when they started class, but they've come a long way. Today the high schoolers are preparing to model designs they came up with and made themselves.

"It's really neat to see them come up with their own ideas put their own style and creativity into the garments and then model them because the attitude on the runway is always really fun," said Laura Kathleen Baker, teacher/Project Runway alum.

Lift for Life Academy was the first charter school in St. Louis andserves kids grades 6-12 today. The school relies on events like the student fashion show to help fund their unique programs.

"Ralph Lauren and everyone better watch out because these kids can really sew and make really cool outfits," explained Marshall Cohen, Lift for Life Academy Executive Director/Founder.

The Celebrating Success Sewing Seeds Fashion Show is Saturday, May 11 from 6pm-9:30pm at Windows on Washington. Tickets are $100 and that includes dinner. For more information visit