Employee volunteers read to students today at John Haley Elementary School; Domtar’s grant funded more than 150 new books for the school library
IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 25, 2018– Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced today that employee volunteers from the company’s converting center in Irving commemorated the company’s donation of more than 150 books to Irving’s John Haley Elementary School by holding a reading event with the school’s first-graders today. After the reading event, the first-graders put on a dance and cheerleading performance for Domtar’s employee volunteers. Domtar’s donation and reading event was led by the Irving converting center’s EarthChoice Ambassadors – employee volunteers committed to promoting sustainable practices.
Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, and it is one of the world’s largest producers of a complete line of absorbent hygiene solutions, as well as an innovator in absorbent technology. Domtar’s converting center in Irving employs 60 people.
“Domtar is so grateful for the wonderful relationship that we’ve developed with the students and faculty of John Haley Elementary School,” said Domtar Corporate Responsibility Manager, Heather Alverson Stowe. “Literacy is one of Domtar’s core corporate giving pillars, which is why it’s so important for us to foster a love of reading and to help put books in the hands of children in our local communities.”
Domtar’s book donation was made possible through the company’s partnership with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books to children in need. As part of its Powerful Pages campaign, Domtar has partnered with First Book 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’s grants provide funding to educators to purchase books through the First Book Marketplace, a website available exclusively to First Book programs.
“At John Haley, we enjoy partnering with the community to help foster literacy with our students,” said Mrs. Melinda Rios-Galvan, K-2 Literacy Specialist at John Haley Elementary School. “We want to make sure our students have the books and resources they need to be successful. We are always looking for mentors and community partnerships here at John Haley Elementary.”
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.
About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.
About Domtar’s Earth Choice Ambassadors
EarthChoice Ambassadors (ECAs) are Domtar employees who volunteer their time and energy to promote sustainable practices that focus on our customers, employees, company and community. By identifying and sharing innovative manufacturing methods, educating and encouraging sustainable habits, and leading by example, ECAs embody Domtar’s sustainability message throughout the organization. Sustainability is one of Domtar’s three pillars of giving, and the ECA program has become an important part of our corporate social responsibility efforts. ECAs logged more than 4,000 hours of community service in 2016.
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