The parking lot at Domtar’s Fort Mill, South Carolina, offices became a Classroom Central Mobile Free Store for York County teachers during Earth Week. Domtar has partnered with Classroom Central for more than a decade to provide free school supplies to educators working in high-poverty schools.
More than 70 York County teachers came to the Mobile Free Store to pick up paper, notebooks and other essential classroom supplies. The supplies will help teachers restock their classrooms so students have what they need to finish the school year.
“John Williams, our CEO, has made it very clear that our community giving program has to be about more than just writing checks and giving money,” said David Struhs, Domtar’s vice president of corporate services and sustainability. “It’s got to be something that engages our employees and makes them feel a part of the Domtar community and the community they call home.”
Classroom Central does just that. Founded in 2000, it aims to equip students living in poverty with necessary school supplies to aid in learning. The organization supports more than 100,000 students in poverty in more than 200 schools in six school districts in North and South Carolina. More than 50 percent of the students in these districts are living in poverty.
Classroom Central — which relies solely on the generosity of donors and corporations like Domtar — distributes supplies through its Free Store and Mobile Free Store. These stores let teachers shop on site for free school supplies. There is also the Classroom Up online ordering program, which allows teachers to order supplies online and have them delivered directly to the school. Classroom Central’s Backpacks & Basics program provides students in the highest-poverty areas with basic school supplies for their personal use.
Learn more about Domtar and Classroom Central’s Earth Week event by watching this video. Find out how you can help by visiting the Classroom Central website.