— During the 6th annual mixed paper drive competition, Akron Public Schools (APS) and selected private schools in the Akron area proved that recycling does pay off.
Voris CLC, Innes CLC and Our Lady of the Elms were declared the winners of the month-long 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 schoolwide 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 4.6 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.
For the third year since the birth of the paper drive, two new categories were added. With the most pounds of paper recycled overall, St. Mary’s was the Overall winner, with 2.02 tons of paper and will win a $500 cash prize. Hoban High School was the winner in the Most Improved Category, recycling 730 pounds more in 2015 than in 2014. They will receive a $250 cash prize. Overall, 20.93 tons or 46,150 pounds of paper, was recycled citywide.
To help celebrate America Recycles Day in November, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Company hosted the 6th annual mixed paper drive competition in 23 Akron public schools and seven private schools in the Akron area.
For the fourth year, Keep Akron Beautiful and River Valley Paper Company also sponsored a poster contest. Four Schools submitted student artwork, the highest participation to date. The winner Ziya Wilson was a student from Heather Braun- Wargowsky’s 3rd grade class at Hatton CLC. Wilson received an American Express gift card, and Ms. Braun-Wargoweky received an American Express gift card as well. Wilson will be the featured artist for the 2015 America Recycles Day campaign and in the River Valley Paper Company calendar.
Students from Lisa Heinl’s class at Hyre CLC, Cleopatra Clifford of Robinson CLC, and Andrea Linder of St. Mary School will also be featured in the River Valley Paper Company calendar and receive prizes.
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. For more information on the competition or on paper recycling at the Akron school locations, contact Helen Dauka at Keep Akron Beautiful, (330) 375-2116. For additional program information, visit www.keepakronbeautiful.org.