Carson Reading Rooms for our Community

Jim Thomas

Friday November 6, 2015

More than 100 golfers enjoyed the Fifth Annual Domtar Vendor Partnership Meeting and Charity Golf Event at the Ballantyne Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October. But the true winners are the thousands of students whose schools will develop Carson Reading Rooms thanks to generous gifts from31 Domtar vendor partners.

Domtar has supported the Carson Scholars Fund and its Reading Room projects before, and, this year, the Reading Rooms were chosen as the recipient of the donations at this special event.

The total gift of $160,000 will provide funding for 10 reading rooms in communities where Domtar operates. These rooms create a nurturing environment for children and teens to develop reading skills and enjoy leisure reading. The rooms are attractively decorated with comfortable seating, lively artwork and shelves with hundreds of books on a variety of topics.

Amy Warner, executive director of the Carson Scholars Fund, thanked the participants for the generous gifts, the largest single donation earmarked for Reading Rooms that the organization has received.

The first Reading Room funded by Domtar opened in Johnsonburg at the Area Elementary School in April 2012. It has a collection of more than 600 books and a team of volunteers who read to students, particularly those who may not be read to at home. Plans are under way for similar rooms in Bennettsville, South Carolina; Ashdown, Arkansas; and Plymouth, North Carolina. Seven other rooms are in process in other Domtar communities.