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KAB proclaims cleanup a success

5/16/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON — Last week, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) proclaimed Clean up Akron Month a success and said 4,959 volunteers registered to clean up 112 public sites, including 33 city parks, five community centers and 15 schools.

KAB officials added that 20,200 pounds, or 10.1 tons, of litter were collected.

Individuals and organizations dedicated more than 14,877 hours to clean up litter. Several local businesses organized cleanup groups, including Bridgestone-Americas Tire Operation, GOJO Vital Resources, Robert W. Baird and Co. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. There also were groups from the Young Professionals of Akron, West Akron Board of Trade, Cascade Locks Park Association, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s Varsity Baseball Team, the Joint Service Project of Leadership Akron, Torchbearers and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

Downtown Akron Partnership cleaned up Downtown Akron with its crew of 360 volunteers May 3 during the “Green and Clean” campaign. My Neighborhood, Our Akron sponsored weekend neighborhood park cleanups. The Super Saturday picnic took place April 27, when more than 900 Clean up Akron Month volunteers came to the Akron Zoo for a free volunteer appreciation picnic and awards ceremony.

A free picnic was made possible by 22 local sponsors, including Acme Fresh Markets, Akron Zoological Park, Bruegger’s Bagels, city of Akron, D-A Specialty Co. Inc., Eat’n Park, Firestone High School, First Watch, GOJO Industries, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates Inc., House of LaRose, Junior Women’s Civic Club, KAB Board of Directors, Little Debbie Snacks, Sandra Smith, Schwebel’s Bakery, Shearer’s Branded Snacks, Sully’s Party Rental, Pepsi-Cola, The University of Akron, The Volunteer Center of Summit County and Waste Management of Ohio.

Zippy from The University of Akron, Ducky Downs from The All-American Soap Box Derby, Conrad Conservation from the Akron Zoo and the Firestone High School jazz band entertained the crowd.

National sponsors donated the supplies for the cleanup.


Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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