By: Lauren Brady – Communications Intern
Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) and River Valley Paper Company collaborated for the sixth year in a row to host the annual mixed paper drive competition: The Recycle Bowl. 23 Akron Public schools and 7 private schools in the Akron area competed against each other from October 20th to November 17th to see who could recycle the most paper in honor of America Recycles Day. Residents and businesses in the area were also encouraged to do their part and recycle their old paper products in River Valley Paper bins located at participating schools.
The winners of our month-long competition are Voris CLC, Innes CLC, and Our Lady of the Elms. These schools secured their place at the top of the competition by recycling the most paper per pound, per student.
Voris CLC recycled 9.1 pounds per student or 1.3 tons total of paper to win a school-wide pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of River Valley Paper Company. Innes CLC finished strong, in the middle school division, and recycled 4.6 pounds per student which is equal to 2.09 tons total. Our Lady of the Elms recycled 14.4 pounds per student or 1.1 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 25 students and faculty. WOAH!
St. Mary’s also secured a winning spot in one of our newer categories by recycling the most pounds of paper overall. The students were able to recycle 2.02 tons of paper and will receive a $500 cash prize for their school!
Hoban High School has also been recognized for their outstanding efforts in becoming our “Most Improved” school. They managed to recycle 730 more pounds of paper this year, compared to 2014 and will receive a $250 cash prize.
Over the duration of our Recycle Bowl competition KAB and River Valley Paper Company also sponsored a poster contest. With our highest participation to date, we received entries from four schools. Our winner this year is Ziya Wilson, a 3rd grade student from Hatton CLC. Ziya and her teacher were both awarded American Express gift cards for their participation in the contest. Ziya will also be our featured artist for the 2016 America Recycles Day campaign and in the River Valley Paper Company calendar. We received a lot of amazing pieces of artwork from other winning students who will also be featured in the calendar next year!
Overall, we are thrilled with the results and could not be more thankful for all of the participation that came from the students, faculty members, and their communities! It is wonderful to see educators encouraging younger generations to be proactive about the quality of their environment, and teaching them to adapt “green” habits at a young age.
Receptacles will remain on the schools’ properties and can be utilized 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Schools can raise money for their extra curricular activities by filling up these bins. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to recycle paper waste rather than throwing it in the garbage. Let’s give trash a second life and help save the planet together! RECYCLE!