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10/13/2011 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Mixed paper drive contest taking place in APS

AKRON — To help celebrate America Recycles Day Nov. 15, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB), in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Co., will host the second annual mixed paper drive competition in 29 Akron Public Schools (APS) buildings.

During this month-long competition from Oct. 17 to Nov. 18, community residents and local businesses can help make one of these schools a local and national winner by taking their magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper and cardboard to a bin.

Bins are located at the following locations in the West Side Leader coverage area: Crouse, Helen Arnold and Judith Resnik community learning centers; Case Elementary School; Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts; Litchfield Middle School; and Buchtel and Firestone high schools.

To increase participation, the top elementary, middle and high school to recycle the most paper per pound, per student will win a prize. The winning elementary school will win a school-wide pizza party, while the winning middle and high schools will each win a $500 cash prize and a field trip tour of the River Valley Paper Co. plant for 50 students and faculty.

In addition, all participating schools also are competing on a national level in the Recycle Bowl competition. All participating schools have the chance to win an additional $1,000, $750 or $500 from the Recycle Bowl Competition.

The receptacles are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Filling up the collection bins also raises money for the school to use for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms.

For more information on the mixed paper drive, call Melissa Adams at Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116.

UA hosting China Week events

DOWNTOWN AKRON — With topics ranging from Chinese parenting to Confucianism, a series of keynote presentations, along with demonstrations, a one-act play, a Chinese dumpling party and more offerings, is marking The University of Akron’s (UA) third annual China Week, taking place now through Oct. 17 on the UA campus.

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute, China Week’s program lineup includes: Dialects of China; China Service Project: Aiding Special-Needs Orphans; Chinese Domestic Politics; Comparisons of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine; One Child Policy in China — Past, Present and Future; Opportunities to Study or Teach in China; and more. For a complete listing, visit www.uakron.edu/ci/chi na-week.

Among the week’s highlights, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and China expert Nicholas Kristof joins best-selling author and business executive Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, to present “Reflections on China: Tiananmen to Present” Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at UA’s E.J. Thomas Hall. Tickets for free admission are available from the Thomas Hall ticket office by calling 330-972-7570.

Special events will include a showing of the film “The Love of Hawthorn Tree” today, Oct. 13, from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. at the Student Union; a session on “Chinese Characters, Sounds and Proverbs” Oct. 14 from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom C; and a Chinese marketplace enactment, tai chi and qigong demonstrations, a Chinese costume and fashion display and others throughout the week.

“China Week presents a venue for members of the Greater Akron community … to explore, celebrate and experience Chinese culture through a series of insightful and engaging events and lectures,” said Bill Lyons, director of the Confucius Institute and acting director of Academic Global Programs.

For more information, visit www.uakron.edu/ci or call 330-972-2013.

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