Domtar is dedicated to improving literacy and supporting education initiatives. That’s why we recently partnered with two organizations that distribute free books for kids. These books help reduce the out-of-pocket costs most teachers pay to stock their classrooms.
According to the Education Market Association, teachers spend nearly $500 of their own money on school supplies each year, and that amount could be even higher for teachers who work in low-income school districts.
With cash-strapped teachers having to spend more on their own supplies and parents receiving longer and more expensive school supply lists, there doesn’t seem to be much money left over for getting books into the hands of the students.
Event Gives Teachers Free Books for Kids
We joined forces with First Book and Classroom Central for the second annual Truck of Books event. The event distributed 40,000 free books for kids in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, which includes York County in South Carolina. As part of Domtar’s Powerful Pages program, the books were purchased through our annual contribution to First Book and delivered to Classroom Central, which offered its facility to host the free book event.
During the event, teachers who work in low-income school districts were invited to “shop” for free books to give to their students for personal use.
“This is a cause that is close to our hearts,” says Heather Stowe, Domtar’s corporate social responsibility manager. “Our employees love coming out here to help out during this event. We know that these books will end up in the hands of children who truly need them, and that they will be cherished. For some of the students, it could be their very first book that they get to bring home.”
Before the teachers came to pick out free books for kids, volunteers from Domtar and other organizations unloaded, sorted and shelved the books, creating a bookstore atmosphere with titles for kids of all ages. In addition, Domtar volunteers assisted teachers with shopping and checkout.
Katrina Willette-Thomas, a teacher from University Park Creative Arts in Charlotte, told the Charlotte Business Journal, “If we want to create lifelong learners, we need books they can enjoy.”
Karen Calder, executive director of Classroom Central, seconds that thought. “Children can’t get excited about reading if they don’t have books to read,” she says.
Learn more about the shared commitment of Domtar, Classroom Central and First Book to distribute necessary school supplies and free books for kids:
- Classroom Central and Domtar Offer Free School Supplies
- Domtar and First Book Donate Baby Care Packages to Families in Need
- Domtar, First Book and Classroom Central Distribute Free Books