Celebrate Read Across America Day — and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Domtar joins millions of children and adults in celebrating Read Across America Day on March 2. Read Across America Day coincides with the birthday of beloved author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss who would have been 113 this year.

Our commitment to literacy and to books is apparent every day, but on Read Across America Day, we are especially proud of the work we do to encourage children to read.

A History of Literacy Advocacy

Domtar has been a longtime partner of First Book and Classroom Central, two nonprofits that provide children with necessary supplies for learning, as part of our Powerful Pages initiative. We’re also advocates of the printed page — especially in the classroom. Evidence is mounting that paper plays an important role in learning and that reading books on paper allows readers to focus better and retain more information than when reading on a screen.

“Domtar is committed to promoting literacy in the communities in which we operate,” said Heather Alverson Stowe Domtar’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. “It’s a cause that is close to our hearts and core to our business.”

Read Across America Activities

Colleagues from Domtar’s Waco and Jesup Personal Care facilities and our Johnsonburg Mill are visiting local schools in their community the week of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. These activities, which are part of our First Book program, include visits to:

  • Rapoport Academy Public School in Waco, Texas
  • Martha Rawls Elementary School in Jesup, Georgia
  • Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway, Pennsylvania

The event in Pennsylvania is particularly special, as many of Dr. Seuss’s books have been printed on Domtar’s Husky paper, which is manufactured at the Johnsonburg Mill.

At each school, Domtar colleagues will read and donate books to students, who can then bring those books home and enjoy them with their families on Read Across America Day.

“Access to books is transformational in the lives of our children and the educators who serve them,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “Domtar’s work with First Book has opened up a world of opportunities to children who might not otherwise have books at home.”

Since 2012, Domtar has donated more than half a million dollars to First Book, which has helped to provide nearly 200,000 brand-new books to children from low-income families in schools in Domtar communities. Domtar’s grants to First Book provide funding to educators at local schools to purchase books through the First Book Marketplace, a website available exclusively to First Book programs. The books are then distributed to students to take home.

Domtar has also partnered with Classroom Central in Charlotte, North Carolina, providing free school supplies to educators working in high-poverty schools for more than a decade.

“We are proud to support a variety of efforts that put books in the hands of children, paper in their classrooms and other supplies in their backpacks to help them succeed in school and life,” said Kathy Wholley, Domtar’s senior director of corporate communications.

So join us as we celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday today — and join us every day as we continue to promote literacy and advocate for the printed page. As Dr. Seuss said: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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