3rd Annual Mixed Paper Drive in Akron Public/Private Schools Huge Success

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Akron, OH- During the 3rd annual mixed paper drive competition, Akron Public Schools (APS) and selected private schools in the Akron area proved that recycling does pay off!  Voris CLC, St. Bernard-St. Mary School and North High School were declared the winners of the month-long competition by recycling the most paper per pound, per student. For the third year in a row, Voris CLC recycled 15.05 pounds per student or 2.68 tons total of paper to win a school-wide pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company. For the first time in our competition, St. Bernard-St. Mary School came out strong and recycled 32.2 pounds per student which is equal to 2.82 tons total. Also for the third year in a row, North High School recycled 8.02 pounds per student or 3.94 tons total to each win a $500 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company and a field trip tour of the River Valley Paper Company plant for 50 students and faculty. This year, Mason CLC was the winner of the pledge card contest, returning more than 100% of their pledge cards, meaning students, faculty, and staff took the pledge to recycle more. Mason CLC will receive a $250 cash prize courtesy of Keep Akron Beautiful.  Overall 35.88 tons or 71,770 pounds of paper was recycled citywide, which is a 2,900 pound increase from the 2011 competition.


To help celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2012, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Company hosted the 3rd annual mixed paper drive competition in 24 Akron public schools and 9 private schools in the Akron area. From October 15 to November 9, community residents and local businesses helped participating Akron schools attempt to win this competition by taking their magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper and cardboard to a school parking lot bin. Bins are located at the following APS locations: Helen Arnold CLC, Betty Jane CLC, Case Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Glover CLC, Seiberling Elementary School, Pfeiffer Elementary School,  David Hill CLC, Leggett CLC, Judith Resnick CLC, McEbright CLC, Voris CLC, Findley CLC,  Crouse CLC, East CLC, Miller South School of the Visual & Performing Arts, Jennings CLC , Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Mason CLC, Litchfield Middle School, Kenmore High School, North High School, and Buchtel High School. In 2012, we added the following private school locations: Chapel Hill Christian School, Discovery Montessori School, Hoban High School, Imagine School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Bernard- Saint Mary School, Towpath Trail School, Akros Middle School, and The Edge Academy. In addition to the mixed paper drive competition, Program Manager, Jacqui Flaherty and Intern, Helen Dauka visited  Case Elementary and Litchfield Middle School to learn more about their recycling programs and how they encourage recycling on a daily basis on America Recycles Day. See Case Elementary School’s YouTube video about their program and making paper.


New this year, Keep Akron Beautiful sponsored a poster contest. 23 students submitted art for the poster contest. The winner was a student from Lisa Heinl’s class at Hyre CLC. She received a $25 American Express gift card and will be the featured artist for our 2013 America Recycles Day campaign.


This paper drive was designed to prove that Akron’s school staff and students, parents, community members and local businesses can help save trees, which purge the atmosphere of greenhouse gases just by giving our trash a second life. The receptacles are still in place and are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Filling up the collection bins helps the schools raise money for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms. For more information on the competition or on paper recycling at the Akron school locations, contact Jacqui Flaherty at Keep Akron Beautiful, (330) 375-2116.