Up-Cycling Spotlight: Kenmore-Garfield High School Disability Classrooms

Something cool is happening at Kenmore-Garfield High School. They have two classes of children with multiple disabilities that are making a difference in their school, and ultimately in their community. One of these classes is responsible for the majority of the entire school’s recycling, which helped them win our Recycle-Bowl competition in the high school category this past fall! Kenmore-Garfield High School recycled a praise-worthy 2.04 tons of paper during our month-long competition. They also keep up the recycling all school year – not just during our competition!

students at kenmore garfield high school that recycled during recycle bowl

Kenmore-Garfield High School students that helped recycle 2.04 tons of paper!

In the other classroom, students are using up-cycling to create jewelry and holiday crafts. They use things like aluminum cans, candy tins, and bingo cards to create new things like pins, earrings, and Valentine’s Day cards.

Valentine’s Day crafts made by the students


The students learn skills doing this that can help them later to be more employable and more independent. The profits from their jewelry and craft sales are also used to fund field trips and replenish their supplies.

These students are running a complete business, and helping the environment while they’re at it. The students also run their own coffee shop where they sell their up-cycled items. It’s called “Garbucks,” and they deliver to the staff in the school (their vanilla latte gives Starbucks a run for their money!).

These students are making a difference in their school, and are setting an example for recycling and up-cycling!




Keep Akron Beautiful Awards Akron Public Schools Student Environmental Science Exhibits

Last Saturday was the 62nd annual Akron Public Schools Science, Math and Technology Expo. Each year this event is held at North High School., and each year Keep Akron Beautiful sends volunteer judges to choose projects and award monetary prizes. The projects the judges focus on are environmental.

Kevin Lockett of Lockett Media, who is a substitute teacher for Akron Public Schools and also a Keep Akron Beautiful Board Member, served as one of the judges. Cindy Pantea, who is a Keep Akron Beautiful staff member, also served as a judge.

The two judges awarded the following presentations:

A “Biodegradable Plastic” presentation was awarded $100 gift card. The project was done by Amora Thomas, who attends East High School. Thomas made plastic out of natural materials and tested the rate of decomposition of each type made. Her instructor is Coach Braho.

An “Airflow Cooling Different Rooms” presentation was awarded a $75 Visa gift card. The project’s owner was John Whorton, a 5th grader! For his project, Whorton made a homemade airflow apparatus to fit in a window and tested for a reduction in room temperature. His STEM instructor is Coach Beebe.

Emily McGuire, a 6th grader, walked away with a $50 gift card for her well-documented “Water Purifier” project, where McGuire used natural materials to clean dirty water. Her STEM instructor is Coach Justiss

A second award of a $50 Visa gift card went to Da’Vonte Whiteside, a student at East High School, for his project, “Solar Cooking.” Whiteside made a solar oven and recorded the solar baking process of cookies. His instructor is Busker-Postlethw.

Science can make nature more beautiful, and on top of that, for young minds, science projects like these exercises critical thinking skills. For both reasons, Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to be a sponsor judge of this event for an environmental category.

See more happenings from this year’s SMT Expo:

See pics of other environmental projects the KAB judges viewed and liked on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Keepakronbeautiful/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10160076592385604

Images from Science Expo at Akron Public Schools website at http://akronschools.com/news/what_s_new/images_from_science_expo