Clean Up Akron Month: Success at Super Saturday!

By Helen Dauka

Success Super Saturday

Keep Akron Beautiful had the pleasure of bringing Clean Up Akron Month to a close by celebrating with all of our litter cleanup volunteers at the appreciation picnic on Saturday April 27 at the Akron Zoo. And the weather couldn’t have been better!

Throughout the month of April, more than 4,959 Akron residents and students participated in Clean Up Akron Month/The Great American Cleanup™ 2013. On Super Saturday, we took the time to celebrate all their achievements. 112 public sites were cleaned, collecting 83 tires, 10.1 tons of trash and a slew of other unusual items in the process!

Registered volunteers received free admission to the Akron Zoological Park on Saturday, April 27, for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Firestone High School Jazz Band entertained the crowd, while Akron City Council Members, Jeff Fusco, Donnie Kammer, Marilyn Keith; Summit County Council Member, Bill Roemer; and State of Ohio Representative, Anthony DeVitis offered warm words of encouragement and congratulations to the assembled volunteers! City of Akron Service Director John Moore took to the podium and presented a Clean Up Akron Month proclamation from Mayor Plusquellic.

The picnic was a result of the generosity of the following local sponsorship: Acme Fresh Markets, Akron Zoological Park, Bruegger’s Bagels, City of Akron, D-A Specialty Co. Inc., Eat’n Park, Firestone High School, First Watch, GOJO Industries, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., House of LaRose, Junior Women’s Civic Club, Keep Akron Beautiful Board of Directors, Little Debbie Snacks, Sandra Smith, Schwebel’s Bakery, Shearer’s Branded Snacks, Sully’s Party Rental, Pepsi-Cola, The University of Akron, The Volunteer Center of Summit County, Waste Management of Ohio.

Thanks to them, our volunteers got to experience some awesome entertainment and tasty snacks!

Success at Super Saturday

Throughout the month, items such as tires, traffic cones, trash cans, construction equipment and debris were collected along with tons of garbage in GLAD bags throughout the entire month of April, with large cleanups taking place each Saturday. “Super Saturday” took place Saturday, April 27, with the bulk of cleanups happening that day.

Check out more pictures from Super Saturday and Clean Up Akron Month on our Facebook page.

Thanks for everyone who helped make it Super!

Win $100 of Greenhouse Flowers from Suncrest Gardens!

By Helen Dauka and new intern Ashley Foutty

If you’re ready to do your summer landscaping, put your checkbooks away and head over to Suncrest Gardens’ Facebook page.

You’ll have the chance  to win $100 in greenhouse flowers just by liking their Facebook page and sharing this post. But you’ve only got until Friday so don’t wait!  Win $100 Greenhouse Flowers from Suncrest Gardens!Visit Suncrest Gardens’ website for more information on their store!



Arbor Day Slogan Contest 2013

The importance of trees is something that should be remembered all year round, not just on Arbor Day. Here at Keep Akron Beautiful, we like to think the Akron School students and teachers who participated in this year’s Arbor Day slogan contest are helping to make that idea come true.

The schools were given the task to come up with a ten word slogan that reflected the fundamental roles that trees play in conserving humans’ use of energy. Thanks to our schools, we have three catchy slogans to get stuck in your head and remind you of our important message.

“When it’s hot, trees give shade that hits the spot!”

Arbor Day Slogan Contest 2013

4th grade students at Bettes Elementary School, lead by teacher Joanne Yarnell, came up with our first place slogan.

On Friday April 26, Mayor Don Plusquellic presented a Proclamation and award certificate to Principal David Brown at the school tree planting ceremony which took place on the Bettes School campus. KAB CEO Paula Davis and Education Specialist Pam Ray were also there to congratulate the school as their new tree, donated by Suncrest Gardens was planted with the help of the Suncrest crew and fourth grade students.

“We take care of trees… they take care of us!”

Arbor Day Slogan Contest 2013

Our second place slogan came to us from Betty Jane CLC under the leadership of teacher Shelly Partis.

School principal Kim Summers, Ward 6 Councilma Bob Hoch were in attendance at the Darrow Road campus to see R.B. Stout help the kid plant their new tree.

“Trees are cool, they help us save fossil fuel.”

Arbor Day Slogan Contest 2013

And finally, our third place slogan was created by the fourth grade class at Windemere CLC under the supervision of teacher Mike Dunn.

Vizmeg Landscaping donated a tree appropriate for the campus on Windemere Avenue and went on to help the students plant the tree, giving them instructions on proper care. Students from the class read poems to celebrate Arbor Day.

Although a panel of judges could only choose three winning slogans, there were a total of 24 schools that submitted a slogan entry. That means there are 24 other schools that educated themselves on the importance of trees and took the responsibility of creating a message that would help educate others!

Congratulations to our winners this year and thanks to everyone who participated!

Check back in with us on Facebook to see more of the pictures from Arbor Day!!