FORT MILL, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Local teachers and administrators to “shop” for brand-new, free books at Classroom Central today, for distribution to their schools and students from underserved families throughout the region.
Domtar Corporation (UFS) (UFS.TO) announced that employee volunteers from the company’s U.S. Corporate Office in Fort Mill, SC, along with representatives from nonprofit social enterprise, First Book, donated 40,000 books to nonprofit partner, Classroom Central in Charlotte, so teachers and administrators from Mecklenburg and York County public schools could “shop” for brand-new, free books for their schools and students there today from 12 noon - 6pm. As part of its Powerful Pages initiative, Domtar has for years partnered with First Book and Classroom Central, two nonprofit organizations that provide children with necessary supplies for learning. Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. Domtar’s U.S. Corporate Office in Fort Mill, SC employs nearly 600 people in the local community.
“Domtar and First Book’s generous donation of 40,000 books will provide thousands of children in the greater Charlotte area with access to brand-new books,” said Karen Calder, Executive Director of Classroom Central. “For many of these children, the books they will receive may be the first book they can call their own.”
Volunteers from Domtar and First Book delivered the truck of 40,000 books to Classroom Central earlier this week. The volunteers then sorted and shelved the books for children of all ages, creating an inviting bookstore atmosphere where teachers and administrators can choose up to 200 books each to pass out to their students or use in their classroom libraries. Since 2012, Domtar and First Book have donated over 250,000 books to Classroom Central. The donation is part of Domtar’s annual contribution to First Book.
“Domtar has provided thousands of brand new books to underserved children across North America with our First Book partnership—it’s a cause that is close to our hearts and core to our business,” said Domtar Corporate Responsibility Manager, Heather Alverson Stowe. “We’re proud to have our U.S. Corporate Office right outside Charlotte in Fort Mill, and we’re committed to promoting literacy, one of our core corporate giving pillars, by putting books in the hands of children in this community where we live, work and play.”
As part of its Powerful Pages campaign, Domtar has partnered with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books to children in need, since 2012 to provide more than half a million dollars in grants to schools and programs in towns that are home to Domtar facilities. Domtar’s grants provide funding to educators to purchase books through the First Book Marketplace, a website available exclusively to First Book programs, and then the school’s children are able to bring home the new books.
“Access to books is transformational in the lives of our children and the educators who serve them,” said Kyle Zimmer, First Book president and CEO. “Domtar’s work with First Book and Classroom Central has made such a large-scale impact for teachers serving children kids from low-income communities in the greater Charlotte area.”
Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.1 billion, and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
About First Book
First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education—making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more—affordable to its member network of more than 350,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. For more information: