Domtar and First Book Expand Partnership for Literacy
WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2013
Collaboration to provide 60,000 new books and resources to children in need
across the United States and Canada
WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Today, First Book, a nonprofit
social enterprise that provides new books to children in need, and Domtar, the
Sustainable Paper Company, announced the expansion of their partnership for
literacy. The next phase of collaboration will help bring 60,000 brand-new,
high-quality books to kids from low-income families across North America.
The Powerful Pages campaign will include "library makeover" grants to 14
schools and programs in U.S. towns that are home to Domtar mills and to eight
similar organizations in Domtar host communities and area First Nation
communities in Canada. These grants will give educators the funds to purchase
an estimated 600 brand-new books through the First Book Marketplace, a website
available exclusively to First Book programs.
"Domtar's commitment to kids in need in their communities is exemplary," said
Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "We learned how dedicated they
were when we worked together last year, and we're thrilled to expand our
partnership to reach so many more children with the books and resources they
"Investing in the economic and social development of our host communities, and
literacy efforts in particular, is a cornerstone of our sustainable business
commitment at Domtar," noted Paige Goff, Domtar's Vice-President of
Sustainability and Business Communications. "We are honored to be able to
support First Book's laudable efforts to get new books in the hands of young
readers who otherwise would be going without."
In addition to the "library makeover" grants, Domtar is funding one hundred
smaller grants as an incentive for local schools and programs in communities
that are home to Domtar employees to sign up with First Book. These grants
will give the new members of First Book's network the funds to select around
125 new books from the First Book Marketplace for their students.The campaign
also includes support for a national distribution of new books. Domtar will
underwrite the shipping costs for 45,000 donated books that will go to
educators and program leaders serving kids in need across North America as
part of First Book's ongoing National Book Bank program.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and
distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication
papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult incontinence products. The
foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting
assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its
pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer
products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet
paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar^®, Lynx^® Opaque
Ultra, Husky^® Opaque Offset, First Choice^® and Domtar EarthChoice^®. Domtar
is also a leading marketer and producer of a complete line of incontinence
care products marketed primarily under the Attends^® brand name. Domtar owns
and operates Ariva^®, a network of strategically located paper and printing
supplies distribution facilities. In 2012, Domtar had sales of US$5.5 billion
from some 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 9,300 people. 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.
SOURCE Domtar Corporation
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