5th Annual Mixed Paper Drive in Akron Public/Private Schools Was A Huge Success!

By Jacqui Ricchiuti, Program Manager

 During the 5th annual mixed paper drive competition, Akron Public Schools (APS) and selected private schools in the Akron area proved that recycling does pay off!  St. Vincent Elementary, St. Mary School and Our Lady of the Elms were declared the winners of the month-long competition by recycling the most paper per pound, per student. St. Vincent Elementary recycled 21.34 pounds per student or 2.45 tons total of paper to win a school-wide pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company. St. Mary School came out strong, in the middle school division, and recycled 20.29 pounds per student which is equal to 2.09 tons total. Our Lady of the Elms recycled 16.38 pounds per student or 1.27 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. For the second year since the birth of the paper drive, two new categories were added. With the most pounds of paper recycled overall, Kenmore High School was our Overall winner, with 2.57 tons of paper. Leggett Elementary School was the winner in our Most Improved Category, recycling 790 pounds more in 2014 than in 2013! Overall, we are proud to announce that 27.405 tons or 54,810 pounds of paper was recycled citywide, 1.785 tons more than in 2013!

To help celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2014, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Company hosted the 5th annual mixed paper drive competition in 22 Akron public schools and 11 private schools in the Akron area. From October 20 to November 17, 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. Currently, bins are located at the following Akron Public School Locations: Betty Jane CLC, Buchtel High School, Case Elementary School, Crouse CLC, David Hill CLC, East CLC 7-8, East High School, Ellet High School, Findley CLC, Firestone Park Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Glover CLC, Hatton Elementary School, Helen Arnold CLC, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Judith A. Resnik CLC, Kenmore High School, Leggett CLC, Litchfield Middle School, McEbright CLC, Miller South Elementary School, North High School, Pfeiffer Elementary School, Sam-Salem CLC, Seiberling Elementary School, and Voris CLC.   The following private school locations are also included in our competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Discovery Montessori School, Hoban High School, Imagine School, Middlebury Academy, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Mary School, St. Vincent Elementary School, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and The Next Frontier Academy.

For the third year, Keep Akron Beautiful and River Valley Paper Company sponsored a poster contest. Over 70 students submitted art for the poster contest. The winner was Shayla Elzholz, a student from Ms. Lisa Heinl’s class at Hyre CLC. Shayla received an American Express gift card, and Ms. Heinl received an American Express gift card as well. Shayla will be the featured artist for our 2015 America Recycles Day campaign.

Shayla Elzholz’s winning artwork.

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 Ricchiuti at Keep Akron Beautiful, (330) 375-2116.

Let’s Grow Akron’s Young Urban Farmer’s Market

 By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern10298690_497512367051008_8748209306024421188_n


Let’s Grow Akron will be hosting their Young Urban Farmer’s Markets for two days in August.  The first event will be held on Friday August 15, 2014. The market will be located on Miller Avenue United Church of Christ at 1095 Edison Avenue.


The second farmer’s market event will be the following day on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The market will be located on Vernon Odom10527328_497508433718068_399085015879490930_n Boulevard and Fern Street, across from the Odom Branch Library at 600 Vernon Odom Boulevard. Both markets will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 


Young Urban Farmer’s Markets is part of A Neighborhood Partnership Program. It has also been made possible by the support of Leadership Akron Class 3D Philanthropy Project.  Seeds and plants donated from Summit County OSU Extension.

For more information call Let’s Grow Akron at (330) 745 -9700.


Recycle Volunteers Needed at Akron Marathon

 By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

1383720_10153351253385604_1703861822_nKeep Akron Beautiful is partnering with the Akron Marathon to assist with recycling for the second year! Last year, Keep Akron Beautiful in conjunction with the marathon secured recycling bins for the race. KAB staff worked with the volunteers to make sure participants and spectators are putting the right items into the recycling bins!

The Akron Marathon will be held on Saturday September 27, 2014 and is still in need of recycling volunteers for both the marathon and the Health and Fitness Expo. The expo will take place on Friday September 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM at the John S. Knight Center on 77 E Mill Street Akron, OH 44308. During the shift, the Recycle Steward will be responsible for monitoring and guiding placement of trash and recycle items into appropriate receptacles. 

Here are the time slots that still need volunteers: 

Friday, September 26, 2014:

10:00 AM – 02:30 PM          5 spots

02:00 PM – 06:00 PM          2 spots

05:00 PM – 09:30 PM          7 spots 


Saturday, September 27, 2014:
05:00 AM – 07:45 AM          177 S Broadway                 15 spots

06:00 AM – 10:00 AM          Canal Park Stadium           23 spots

09:00 AM – 01:30 PM          Canal Park Stadium           5 spots 

To sign up go to http://www.akronmarathon.org/volunteers/






Dreamscape Makeover Provided Finishing Touches to West Akron Home

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern 

The Dreamscape Raffle makeover process for the property of Steven Williams and David 1Jesse of West Akron is happening right now through August 8th. Craig Graf and Lisa Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center and Landscaping are the lead landscape designers for this year’s project. The makeover process began last week when Advanced Arboriculture began removing trees from the backyard. Graf Growers and Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC began their work over the weekend breaking down the site to prepare the yard for the week’s landscape makeover. Excavation equipment was rented from Copley Tool Rental.

Monday- day one, Gates Landscaping Co. started the prep work for the installation of the hardscaping for the patio and fire pit with pavers and sand/gravel donated by Belgard® Sales and W.L. Tucker Supply respectively. The hardscaping installation continues through Wednesday with both R.B. Stout, Inc. and Graf Growers laying the patio extension. R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc. have begun installing maintenance -free 5fence and pergola.

Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape Crew, working side by side with a crew from Paul’s Greenhouse, will spend Friday morning planting. All of the plants and one new shade tree are being provided by Dayton Nurseries, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, and Suncrest Gardens. Two planted urns are being donated by Donzells Flower and Garden Center. Topsoil and compost are will be supplied by KB BioEnergy, Inc. and blown into the beds on Friday by TerraScape Ltd. Tim’s Custom Electric will install light fixtures under caps, donated by Cascade Lighting, Inc., to provide the finishing touches on a dramatic backyard living room design.

Thanks to Circle K, Earth Fare-Fairlawn and Main Street Gourmet for providing beverages, ice, cookie dough, energy bars and drinks for the Vendor Partner crew members during this summer week of labor. It took a team effort of green professionals and we will all be proud of the final result!

A special thanks to Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc. & YES Press Printing Co., and our marketing and communications media Vendor Partner companies. All proceeds from the sales of the 1,500 Dreamscape tickets will be used to fund the Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscape public beautification program.2