Domtar, First Book & Classroom Central Distribute Free Books

A free book distribution event sponsored by Domtar, First Book and Classroom Central gave thousands of children access to brand-new books. For many of these kids, the books they received may have been the first books they could call their own.

As part of its Powerful Pages initiative, Domtar has for years partnered with First Book and Classroom Central, two nonprofits that provide children with necessary supplies for learning. Recently, the organizations teamed up to offer 40,000 free books to educators and underprivileged children in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

“We’ve been working closely with Domtar, and Classroom Central is another strong partner of Domtar’s,” said Sara Kreitzer, strategic alliances manager at First Book. “So we thought it would be great to bring our resources [and] their connections to the community together to make this large-scale impact for teachers serving kids from low-income communities in Charlotte.”

The books were purchased through Domtar’s annual contribution to First Book and delivered to Classroom Central, which graciously offered its facility to host a free book distribution event.

Free Books Make a Difference for Teachers and Students

“We always love to have books for teachers to take,” said Risa Brandon, volunteer and distribution coordinator at Classroom Central. “Most of the time, the books we have are gently used books that have been donated. For us to be able to distribute brand-new books to these educators is amazing.”

Volunteers from Domtar and other organizations sorted and shelved the books, creating an inviting bookstore atmosphere with titles for kids of all ages. The event invited 240 local teachers to choose up to 200 free books each to pass out to their students or use in their classroom libraries. In addition, Domtar volunteers assisted teachers in their shopping and checkout. The event brought smiles to the faces of volunteers and teachers alike.

“A lot of times teachers are sort of restricted to what they are given by the county,” said Julie Barker, a literacy teacher at Sherwood Elementary in Gastonia, North Carolina, a community near Charlotte. “There is so much stuff out there, so many resources that we would love to give them. But obviously to purchase things for a class of 20-plus kids can be quite expensive. So this is a great opportunity to give them extra supplemental resources and also to share with their other teacher friends.”

You can learn more about this special free book distribution event by watching the brief video below.