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.

4th Annual Mixed Paper Drive in Akron Public/Private Schools was a SUCCESS!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

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It’s that time of the year again! Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to announce the winners of our 4th annual mixed paper drive competition, in which the  Akron Public Schools (APS) and selected private schools in the Akron area participated in.  St. Mary School, Innes CLC and Kenmore High School were declared the winners of the month-long competition by recycling the most paper per pound, per student. St. Mary School recycled 21.1 pounds per student or 1.99 tons total of paper to win a school-wide pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company. Innes CLC came out strong, in the middle school division, and recycled 4.26 pounds per student which is equal to 1,730 pounds total. Kenmore High School recycled 3.848 pounds per student or 1.35 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 first year since the birth of the paper drive, two new categories were added. With the most pounds of paper recycled overall, North High School was our Overall winner, with 2.12 tons of paper. Case Elementary School was the winner in our Most Improved Category, recycling 1,900 pounds more in 2013 than in 2012! Overall, we are proud to announce that 25.62 tons or 51,250 pounds of paper was recycled citywide.

To help celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2013, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Company sponsored the 4th annual mixed paper drive competition in 19 Akron public schools and 8 private schools in the Akron area. From October 21 to November 15, 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: Helen Arnold CLC, Betty Jane CLC, Case Elementary School, Firestone Park Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Glover CLC, Seiberling Elementary School, David Hill CLC, Leggett CLC, Judith Resnick CLC, McEbright CLC, Sam Salem CLC, Voris CLC, Findley CLC,  East 7-8 CLC, Miller South School of the Visual & Performing Arts, Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Mason CLC, Litchfield Middle School, Kenmore High School, North High School, Ellet High School, and Buchtel High School. The following private school locations are also included in our competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Discovery Montessori School, Hoban High School, Imagine School, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Mary School and The Edge Academy.

For the second year, Keep Akron Beautiful sponsored a poster contest. Over 100 students submitted art for the poster contest. The winner was Montana Cheek, a student from Ms. Jodi Apple’s class at Innes CLC. Montana received a $50 American Express gift card, and Ms. Apple received a $50 American Express gift card as well. Montana will be the featured artist for our 2014 America Recycles Day campaign. All of the posters were hung for residents to see at Earth Fare, Fairlawn, from November 1-15, 2013, courtesy of Earth Fare Community Relations Manager, Helen Dauka.

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.

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Recycle-Bowl Ends in Celebration

By Helen Dauka, KAB Intern

 The Recycle-Bowl competition came to a close in November and the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful and River Valley Paper Company had the honor of visiting the winning schools in December to present their prizes. And what a treat!

Our first stop was to North High School, our high school winners.

Next we stopped at St. Mary’s, our middle school winner. Jacqui Flaherty (KAB Program Manager) and Janet Zwisler (of River Valley Paper Company) presented the award to two students who were chosen to accept the award in front of a school-wide assembly.

Paula Davis, KAB President and CEO was also on the scene, blending in with the students at the assembly.

Our final stop was Voris CLC, the winning elementary school. The whole school took part in a pizza party one afternoon. They already had plans to recycle the pizza boxes from the party! Paula, Jacqui, and Janet were busy answering the students’ recycling questions, along with a few requests for more pizza and Pepsi!

Visit the Keep Akron Beautiful Facebook to see more pictures from the Recycle-Bowl!

The effort to use the green-yellow parking lot collection bins that all the schools and community members put in was truly inspiring. We’re excited to start planning for the 2013 competition! Until then, keep filling those bins!

 

Special Thanks to our sponsors: River Valley Paper Company, Pepsi Beverages Company and D-A Specialty Co, Inc.

How to Make Your Own Paper

by Cindy Pantea

If you read Jacqui’s blog post on America Recycles Day about her visit to Case Elementary School in Akron, you learned that the students from Case made their own paper. Making your own paper is a fun activity and a great way to recycle on your own! Here is how the kids at Case made their own paper:

First, the students tore the paper in strips. They used newspaper, but you can use any type of old paper (used notebook paper, used typing paper, used envelopes).

Recycling: How to make paper - shred

Next, the students made pulp with small shreds of paper and some water. While some may use a mortar and pestle, these students used a blender and fed the paper in the top as it was whir-r-rling away!

Recycling: How to make paper - blend to make pulp

Then, the students poured the pulp over a framed screen that was in a pan of water.

Recycling: How to make paper - pour pulp on screen

Next, the students carefully lifted the screen out of the pan of water to let it air dry.

Recycling: How to make paper - lift screen of pulp

Finally, after the paper dried, the students carefully peeled the dried paper from the screen and voila…

Recycling: How to make paper - voila

THEY MADE PAPER!!!! And, you can too!

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