Domtar Corporation announced that employees from the company’s Washington Court House Converting Center visited Belle Aire Intermediate School Wednesday to read and donate 200 books to the children from under-served families, as part of its partnership with First Book.
Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, such as copy paper and diapers. Domtar’s Washington House Converting Center employs 74 people in the local community.
Employees from Domtar read to all the third graders at Belle Aire Intermediate School, located at 1120 High St. in Washington Court House, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. on Wednesday. Each of the third graders were able to take home one of the 200 books donated by Domtar, and the remaining books will be added to the classroom libraries at the school.
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 has provided hundreds of thousands of brand new books to under-served 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 committed to promoting literacy, one of our core corporate giving pillars, by putting books in the hands of children in the Washington Court House community, where we live and operate.”
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 has opened up a world of opportunities to children who might not otherwise have books at home.”
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.