ASHDOWN, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced that trained volunteers from the company’s pulp and paper manufacturing mill in Ashdown, AR, and the local business community, will visit Ashdown Public Schools on April 21 and May 12 to teach the Junior Achievement curriculum to students in grades 2-8. A Fortune 500 company, Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, such as copy paper and diapers. Domtar’s pulp and paper mill in Ashdown employs nearly 850 people in the local community.
In an effort funded by Domtar’s Ashdown mill, a total of 30 volunteers from the mill and local business community were trained to teach the Junior Achievement curriculum, an economic education program that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to own their economic success—with a focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Volunteers will spend the day with students on the following days:
- Friday, April 21: Ashdown Elementary School, Grade 2 & LF Henderson Intermediate School Grades 3-5, and
- Friday, May 12: Ashdown Junior High School, Grades 6-8.
“Our employees’ work with Junior Achievement is a great example of how you can build that important bridge between the workplace, the classroom, and the community,” said Tammy Waters, Domtar Manager, Communications & Government Relations. “It’s exciting to be able to reach more than 600 students in just two days, with lessons that help them understand fundamental economic principles, the importance of staying in school and teamwork, and the role of businesses, government, and individuals in our community.”
Domtar provides all funding for the Junior Achievement program in the Ashdown Public Schools. One of the largest Junior Achievement efforts in the state, Domtar has partnered with the non-profit organization since 1997. Domtar’s Junior Achievement work began with second graders, adding one grade level each year until 2002—teaching students through the eighth grade. Last year, instead of teaching over the course of multiple days, mill volunteers piloted “JA In A Day,” covering the entire curriculum in a single day. The new format was so well-received that the schools requested it be done again this year.
“We’re tremendously proud of Domtar’s commitment to the students of Ashdown Public Schools,” said Chad Kauffman, President at Junior Achievement of Arkansas. “Our twenty-year partnership with Domtar is a model we hold up for other businesses that want to make long-term investments in the young people that will shape the future of their communities.”
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 Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. We are the world's largest and fastest growing non-profit economic education organization. We form partnerships between businesses and educators which allow our classroom volunteers to use their personal experiences and JA's curricula to help students (K-12) connect the dots between the classroom and the real-world. Our 500+ volunteers reach over 13,000 students in Arkansas annually. To learn more, visit http://www.juniorachievement.org.