By: Johanna Barnowski, Community Outreach & Program Manager
Recycling has paid off for six Akron schools who are winners of this year’s Recycle-Bowl Competition. Keep Akron Beautiful in conjunction with River Valley Paper Company hosted the competition, which lasted from October 22 to November 16. This year, 23 Akron Public Schools, three charter schools, and seven private schools participated. This competition is a mixed paper drive that helps celebrate America Recycles Day, educate about recycling, and encourage recycling to the students and community.
Altogether, these 33 schools were able to collect 24.36 tons or 48,720 pounds of paper, which is just slightly more than in 2017. The winning elementary school, with 7.1 pounds per student (pps) and .80 tons recycled, is McEbright CLC. Their prize includes $250 and a pizza party. The winning middle school with 5.3 pps and 2.20 tons recycled, is Hyre CLC. The winning high school, with 3.52 pps and 1.48 tons recycled, is Kenmore-Garfield High School. The middle and high school winners will receive a cash prize of $500. The winning multi-grade school is Emmanuel Christian Academy, who recycled 7.61 pps and .95 tons overall. Their prize will be $250. These schools all recycled the most paper per pound per student in their respective category.
This year’s Most Improved winner is St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, who recycled 1,120 more pounds in 2018 than in 2017. Their total this year was 3.26 pps and 1.10 tons recycled. They will receive a $250 prize. Finally, this year’s OVERALL winner is Saint Mary School, who recycled 20.61 pounds of paper per student and 1.87 tons total! They will receive a $500 prize. All prizes will be awarded in early January 2019.
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 Johanna Barnowski at Keep Akron Beautiful, (330) 375-2116.
Thank you to all of the schools who participated this year, including: Betty Jane CLC, Buchtel CLC, Case Elementary School, East CLC, Ellet High School, Findley CLC, Firestone Park Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Hatton CLC, Helen Arnold CLC, Hyre CLC, I Promise School, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Resnik CLC, Kenmore-Garfield High School, Leggett CLC, McEbright CLC, Miller South School VPA, North High School, Sam-Salem CLC, Seiberling CLC, and Voris CLC. The following charter schools also have bins: Akron Preparatory School, Main Preparatory Academy and Middlebury Academy. The following private school locations are also included in our competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Emmanuel Christian Academy, Hoban High School, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Mary School and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.