By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager
Just like in past years, Keep Akron Beautiful, in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Company, is hosting the 3rd annual mixed paper drive competition to help celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2012. This year, 24 Akron Public Schools and 9 private schools in the Akron area are involved. During this monthlong competition from October 15 – November 9, 2012, community residents and local businesses can help make one of these schools a local and national winner by taking their magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper and cardboard to a recycle bin.
Currently, bins (which look like the picture to the left) are located at the following Akron Public School 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. New to the roster for 2012 are 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.
To increase participation, the top elementary, middle and high school to recycle the most paper per pound, per student will win a prize. The winning elementary school will win a school-wide pizza party and a $250 cash prize, while the winning middle and high schools will each win a $500 cash prize and a field trip tour of the River Valley Paper Company plant for 50 students and faculty. In addition, all participating schools are also competing on a national level in the Recycle Bowl competition. Due to the success of Keep Akron Beautiful’s mixed recycle paper drive two years ago, Keep America Beautiful used KAB’s program as the template for their national competition. Along with the prizes listed above, all 33 schools have the chance to win an additional $1,000, $750 or $500 through the national Recycle Bowl Competition.
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 help purge the atmosphere of greenhouse gases, by giving their trash a second life. The receptacles are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Filling up the collection bins will not only help the school win the paper drive, but it also raises money for the school to use for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms.