What is Arbor Day? Winning Slogans from Akron Schools Give Insight

by Pam Ray, Educational Specialist

Again this year, I met with Akron fourth graders to educate these students about Arbor Day (April 26). Then, my Arbor Day assignment to them was to: Create an Arbor Day Slogan that reflects the fundamental roles that trees play in conserving humans’ use of energy.

These bright students have taken in what they’ve learned and come up with some outstanding motto quotes to help celebrate the day, and the slogans were entered in our annual Arbor Day Slogan Contest, sponsored by Keep Akon Beautiful (KAB) and the City of Akron Engineering Dept.

City of Akron Signal Tree

Picture of Akron’s historical Signal Tree courtesy of City of Akron.

2013 Arbor Day Slogan Winners

Here are the winners:

    • 1st Place Arbor Day Slogan: When it’s hot, trees give shade that hits the spot! (Submitted by Bettes School – Joanne Yarnell, Teacher)
    • 2nd Place Arbor Day Slogan: We take care of trees…they take care of us! (Submitted by Betty Jane CLC – Shelly Partis, Teacher)
    • 3rd Place Arbor Day Slogan: Trees are cool, they help us use less fossil fuel. (Submitted by Windemere CLC – Mike Dunn, Teacher)

All three winning schools will receive a certificate. In addition, Suncrest Gardens, R. B. Stout and Vizmeg Landscape will be at Bettes School, Betty Jane CLC, and Windemere CLC respectively to help them plant their tree. A proclamation from Mayor Don Plusquellic will be given to the 1st place winner, Bettes School, at their planting event.

Thank you to Anne Armao, Member, KAB Board of Directors; Darcy Forshee-Candido, Principal, Sam Salem CLC; John Malish, City of Akron Engineering/Construction; and Sarah Vradenburg, KAB Volunteer, for judging the 2013 Arbor Day Contest. Thank you also to all the partners that make this event possible. And thank you to the schools, teachers and students for helping me to celebrate this Arbor Day.

What is Arbor Day?

In Latin, the word arbor means tree, and Arbor Day is a day that encourages all of us to plant more trees, care for trees, and celebrate the significance of trees in and for our environment.

The first Arbor Day was initiated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 by Julius Sterling Morton, a journalist and politician from Michigan. By 1920, all states had passed laws to celebrate the day.

Share what you know by leaving your reply below, and have a Happy Arbor Day!

Renewed Focus on Sustainability Drives Name Change for SASWMA

by Cindy Pantea

SASWMA Now ReWorks Lead, Teach, Act - Target Zero

The Summit /Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA) has changed their name to ReWorks, with the tagline: Lead, Teach, Act — Target Zero. In their press release (shared below), ReWorks explains how the new name best fits their mission, which has expanded from reducing landfill use to reducing waste period.

For those who may not know, ReWorks is a long time friend of Keep Akron Beautiful. We work on projects together, such as The Summit of Sustainability Awards (SOSA), a project which they, too, are a founder. And often, when we receive calls from Akron residents asking where they should get rid of old tires, plastic grocery bags, packing peanuts, etc. We are able to share this information because of ReWorks. See .pdf version of Local Recycling Solutions from ReWorks: http://saswma.org/documents/Local%20Recycling%20Solutions2.pdf)

Thank you ReWorks!

ReWorks Press Release

Read a copy of the press release below regarding the name change from SASWMA to ReWorks:

ReWorks: Lead, Teach, Act-Target Zero

Annually, thousands of Summit County residents visit our Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center in Stow, take part in our free document shredding events, and participate in a community curbside recycling program that utilizes our grant funding. Dozens of schools invite us to share with their students the importance of environmental stewardship, while providing them with the tools to take part in school-based recycling efforts. Hundreds of local businesses take part in our free recycling programs, waste audits, and waste reduction consultations. Results- millions of pound of hazardous chemicals are recycled and not landfilled, identity theft is reduced, jobs are created, businesses reduce their trash by 80% while saving money on trash bills, millions of trees and natural resources are saved and still very few people know who we are.

In an effort to better deliver on our mission while building awareness of our vision, Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA) has changed its name to ReWorks. “ReWorks clearly reflects our mission, “states Yolanda Walker, ReWorks Executive Director. “Our mission has expanded from reducing reliance on landfills to reducing waste period. ReWorks will provide leadership, education, and engagement for Summit to be a Zero Waste county,” states Mrs. Walker.

ReWorks’ renewed focus on being a catalyst for sustainability provides the citizens of Summit County with the programs, resources and knowledge they need to be responsible stewards of the environment. As a result, our communities will make a significant contribution to our environment and our economy.

For more information on ReWorks programs call 330.374.0383 or visit saswma.org .


Community Pride Trailer Ready to Roll!

By Helen Dauka, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern

April 12 marks the official start of the Community Pride Trailer (CPT) season! The Trailer has brand new equipment including a small rototiller and small pressure washer. The new tools join the extensive supply list that has been available in the past.Community Pride Trailer Supplies

With all these great tools, imagine what you can do! Maybe your community garden needs a little sprucing up or maybe this is the year that your neighborhood starts its first community garden!

Just because the season doesn’t start for two weeks, its not too early to start planning. Groups are already starting to reserve the CPT!  Go to www.keepakronbeautiful.org to book the trailer for a project that will benefit the community.

Online, or at the offices of KAB, citizens can complete the application form and view the requirements, safety commitments and equipment list for the program. KAB staff transports the trailer and works with your designated Project Coordinator at each job site.

The Community Pride Trailer has had a large impact in its second year; the Trailer was loaned out to help with 18 community projects. Approximately 5,280 volunteer hours were logged, collecting 200 bags of litter, planting 64 trees, 785 flowers and bulbs, as well as painting a park pavilion and eradicating graffiti.

One of the groups that used the CPT to make a huge beautification change was EMERGE Counseling Services.

“Emerge Counseling Services has been blessed with the availability of the Community Pride Trailer. The convenience of having such a large quantities of equipment at your finger tips is incredible! With the CPT we were able to plant more flowers, clean up more areas and have more pride in our property!” – Colleen Bell, Emerge Ministries

Two years ago the Board of Directors introduced this new agency program, the Community Pride Trailer, to be used by organizations, civic groups and neighborhood volunteers to restore vacant and abandoned property. The Community Pride Trailer was made possible by generous grants from the Dominion Foundation and Charter One Bank. The Trailer program was an award-winning idea “stolen” from the Montgomery County Keep America Beautiful affiliate. Keep Akron Beautiful, through the rental of the 25 foot box trailer, can share the agency’s urban beautification experience with citizens who want to cleanup vacant property in their neighborhoods. Inside the Trailer is landscape equipment and cleanup supplies for volunteer groups to transform lots into green spaces.

Community Pride Trailer

The Community Pride Trailer is ready to roll, are you?



Upcoming Garden Calendar of Events

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Check-out the upcoming schedule of events happening in Summit County and surrounding areas:

  • Summit County Master Gardeners Horticultural Hotline- 330.928.GROW (330.928.4769). On Tuesday’s from 9 a.m. to noon from March-October you can call the Horticulture Hotline to ask garden-related questions and get advice from the experts.
  • The Sustainable Garden- 6-8 p.m. on Thursday April 11 at Furnace Run Metro Park (Brushwood Pavilion) at 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield. Sustainable gardening involves more than just proper plant selection. Discover how to maximize the environmental benefits of your garden by incorporating sustainable practices and design into your landscape. Class fee is $5 for Master Gardener and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists. $10 for everyone else. For more information contact Danae Wolfe, OSU Extension at 330.928.4769 – ext. 17.

Donzell’s Garden Center Upcoming Events:

  • Scott’s Lawn Care Seminar- at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 13. The speaker will be Jason Strike, Scotts representative. For those who want the best-looking lawn on the block or just want to keep their lawn green and weed-free, join us for discussion of the do’s & don’ts of fertilizers, weed-killers, grub control and general lawn maintenance issues. Please call Donzell’s to register if planning to attend. 330.724.0550 ext 110.