Clean Up Akron Month Coming to a Close

Clean Up Akron Month is coming to an end and while we’re sad to see it wrap up we’ve got plenty to be happy about thanks to all the volunteers who banded together to help create more vibrant communities in Akron!

So far TONS of groups who have volunteered to complete projects, cleaning up areas ALL OVER AKRON. We asked all volunteers to send us pictures of their teams cleaning up..

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Speaking of which, on top of all the fabulous volunteer work that’s already happened, we have TONS of groups going out on Saturday like.. Green Clovers 4H Club, Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, West Akron Quality of Life, Kings and Queens of the Most High God, Joint Service Project with Leadership Akron, Torchbearers and Keep Akron Beautiful, Open M, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Bridgestone America’s Tire Operation employees, Robert W. Baird and Co. employees.

Thank you again for all the hard work, your beautification efforts make a HUGE difference!

Clean Up Akron Month off to an AWESOME start!

Did you notice it’s looking a little cleaner around Akron?
We’d like to think it’s thanks to all the volunteers who have helped Clean Up Akron Month get off to a fantastic start!
We’ve had groups going out each weekend to clean up sites like Alexander Park, Hope Academy University, Perimiter of House of the Lord, Davenport  Park, Summit Lake, Goodyear Boulevard, Glenwood Triangle Park, Wilbeth Arlington Park, East South Street, Prentiss Park, Patterson Park, Frederick Boulevard, the Kenmore area along the Towpath, Goodyear Metro Park, Youth Build Street, Leeser Park, Lane Field and Lawton Street Community Center.

St. Vincent-St. Mary Baseball team took on the challenge of cleaning up the North Street area near their school on April 2. These boys really put in a team effort to clean and their hard work payed off! The Team picked up over 70 bags of trash!Clean Up Akron Month Off to an AMAZING Start!

Here’s the crew from Goodyear cleaning up around Summit Lake. Employees of Goodyear enlisted the  help of their family and friends (even the four legged ones!).Clean Up Akron Month Off to an AMAZING Start!

We can’t say how much we appreciate all our volunteers! There are more clean up scheduled and we’re looking forward to seeing the results!

If you have any photos of your group during CUAM, please send them our way. We’d love to share your story and congratulate your group for all the hard work!


Arbor Day Seedlings Are Packed and ready for delivery AND Arbor Day Planting Ceremonies

By Jacqui Flaherty & Pam Ray

Pictured here is the Our Lady of the Elms senior class who packaged all of our seedlings this year.

Keep Akron Beautiful would like to extend a huge thank you to our volunteers from Our Lady of the Elms Senior Class who came and packed tree seedlings for all of our fourth grade students in Akron. Seedlings will be delivered to all the fourth grade students by our loyal volunteers. Friday April 26, 2013 is nationally recognized as Arbor Day, a day dedicated annually to planting trees in The United States and many other countries.

Keep Akron Beautiful spreads the word on the importance of trees to all fourth grade students in public, private and charter schools in Akron throughout the springtime. Then, on Arbor Day each year, the students are given a dogwood tree seedling to plant in their own yard.

In addition to the seedling giveaway, Keep Akron Beautiful hosts an Arbor Day slogan contest in which winners were chosen last week. The winners will be honored with a tree planting at their school. Here is our schedule of events for Friday morning/afternoon:

  • R.B. Stout will be installing a donated tree at 10:00 a.m. on the campus of Betty Jane CLC located at 444 Darrow Road, Akron, Ohio 44305, under the watchful eye of Principal Kim Summers. Ward 6 Councilman Bob Hoch will be in attendance.
  • On Friday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. Mayor Don Plusquellic will be presenting a Proclamation and award certificate to Principal, David Brown at the school tree planting ceremony on the Bettes School campus. Suncrest Gardens will be donating the tree for this planting.
  • Windemere CLC and Principal Marla Knabel are working with Vizmeg Landscaping to select the appropriate tree to plant on their school grounds for the 1:45 p.m. tree planting. Ward 6, Bob Hoch has also been invited to this tree planting.

Take a look at the preparation that went into getting the seedlings ready for delivery…


Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center– the place to be this Saturday!

by Helen Dauka

Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center his going to be a happening place this Saturday with TONS of workshops, wine tastings and more! Check out some of the fun things going on!

“Pansy Pandemonium” Container Workshop
Time: 11:00am
Cost: $12.99 or $9.99 for seniors & children 12 & under
fee includes pot, soil plants & instruction. Get educated & help plant pansy pots for the spring!

Operation Orphan Wildlife Rescue
Time:1 1:00am-4:00pm
See Fran Kitchen and her adorable rescued backyard babies and get information on animal rescue!

Other Events Happening at Donzell’s on Saturday
Northeast Ohio Daffodil Show
Time: 10:30am-5:00pm

Earth Day Wine Tasting Event
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

On top of all of that, one of the Keep Akron Beautiful Board Members will be there around noon selling Dream Scape Raffle Tickets. Tickets are $25 or 5 for $100. You could win a $10,000 front or backyard makeover along with some awesome runners up prizes!!

Don’t miss out on all the excitement!
Donzell’s is located at 937 East Waterloo Road Akron, OH 44306