By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager
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.