West Side Education News & Notes
Mixed paper drive taking place in Akron area schools
AKRON — To help celebrate America Recycles Day Nov. 15, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB), in conjunction with the River Valley Paper Co., will host the annual mixed paper drive competition in 24 Akron Public Schools (APS) and eight private schools in the Akron area.
During the competition running through Nov. 15, 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 recycle bin.
Currently, bins are located at the following APS locations: Helen Arnold, Betty Jane, Forest Hill, Glover, David Hill, Leggett, Judith Resnik, McEbright, Sam Salem, Voris, Findley, East 7-8, Hyre, Innes and Mason community learning centers; Case, Firestone Park and Seiberling elementary schools; Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts; Litchfield Middle School; and Kenmore, North, Ellet and Buchtel high schools. The following private school locations also are included in the competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Discovery Montessori School, Archbishop Hoban High School, Imagine School, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, St. Mary School and The Edge Academy.
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.
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 and a $250 cash prize, 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 members.
New this year, KAB will award the school with the most pounds of paper collected overall with a $250 cash prize. Another $250 cash prize will be given to a school that has improved the most from 2012 to 2013. This award will be deemed “Most Improved.”
A poster contest is taking place for the second year, and the winning student will receive a $50 American Express gift card and will be featured in KAB’s 2014 local marketing. The teacher who submits the poster also will receive a $50 American Express gift card.
In addition to the local awards, all participating schools also are competing on a national level in the Recycle Bowl competition. Keep America Beautiful has used KAB’s program as the template for its national competition. Along with the prizes listed above, all 32 schools have the chance to win an additional $1,000, $750 or $500 through the national Recycle Bowl Competition.
For more information on the mixed paper drive, call Jacqui Flaherty at KAB at 330-375-2116.
Goodyear delivers grant for STEM education
AKRON — Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. is supporting Akron Public Schools (APS) with a gift to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) High School. The grant is for $50,000 and will be used toward furthering the successes of the STEM program in APS.
“This grant builds on Goodyear’s efforts to provide a strong backbone of educational support to students in career fields related to science, technology, engineering and math,” said Faith Stewart, manager of community affairs at Goodyear. “Students who study in these fields will be the next generation of engineers and scientists who will play a key role in driving innovation.”
“Goodyear continues to be a generous corporate partner,” said APS Superintendent David James. “This gift — this type of corporate support — is indicative of how important STEM educational programs are to the local economy.”
James added, “My sincere hope is that students who are in our STEM programs will further their science and engineering educations at The University of Akron and end up with careers at companies such as Goodyear. That brings this investment full circle.”
APS Board President Jason Haas anticipates another opportunity created by the Goodyear grant. “This grant will help us with the matching grant we have from the GAR foundation. This is a significant contribution toward that goal,” he said.
The GAR Foundation grant requires a two-for-one match by APS. For every dollar offered, the school district must raise $2. The pledge from GAR is for $650,000 and was established in February 2012.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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