Powerful Pages Brings Books to Rock Hill, Hawesville Students

Wednesday November 11, 2015

Cows that type and people who make pulp and paper products were all part of the school day in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Hawesville, Kentucky, this fall as Domtar’s Powerful Pages program kicked off reading events for the school year.

At Richmond Drive Elementary School in Rock Hill and William Tell Elementary in Tell City, Indiana, just a few miles from our Hawesville Mill, Domtar volunteers arrived for a morning of reading and giving, sharing story books and stories about our businesses with youngsters.

“Click, Clack, Moo!” said an excited kindergartner at Richmond Drive Elementary, when he saw the title of a favorite book on the teacher’s table. All along the hallway, Domtar employees paired up to visit classrooms. As part of our partnership with First Book, the students were given books of their own to enjoy in the classroom and take home.

In English and Spanish, employees read a story – “Click, Clack, Moo- Cows That Type” was a popular choice—and also talked with students about Domtar’s work in their communities and its role in everyday products.

Adrienne Royster coordinated a similar event at William Tell Elementary, the first one for volunteers at Hawesville.

“Although the approach of each of the readers was a bit different, the reaction of each of the students was the same,” she said. “They couldn’t believe the book was theirs to take home. Many of the classrooms had children or grandchildren of Domtar employees. The students were so excited to have the Domtar employees in their classroom and be able to ask questions about what their relatives do at work.  It was so neat to see the kids high-five our employees as they walked through the hallways.”

The students were thrilled, and the administrators and volunteers enjoyed the day, too.

“We talk to our students every day about being the kind of people who make a difference,” said Richmond Drive Elementary principal Patrick Maness to the volunteers. “It’s so valuable for them to hear that from other adults and to see it. That’s what you’re doing today. You’re making a difference and showing that to our students.”


(Left to Right): Jamese Miranda and Shanin Wadsworth


Lydia Acevedo


Domtar volunteers from our Hawesville Mill


Horses and Horse racing are keystones of Kentucky history and culture. One of Domtar’s very own, Becky Simpson, dedicates her free time to upholding the strong traditions that surround these beautiful animals by helping those that are neglected and abused.

Becky volunteers for Horse Rescue South, Inc. (The Rescue), which has been in operation since 2008. The rescue is made up of volunteers that care for, nurture and save the lives of many different breeds of horses in the area, receiving horses that are abused, starved, or abandoned. The rescue is run strictly from donations, fundraisers and volunteer help, making Becky’s role with “The Rescue” so critical.

The Rescue works with law enforcement and prosecutors from the area in effort to help bring inidviduals to justice for crimes to these horses. The organization also visits schools, scout troops as well as individuals, educating others on proper care and living conditions for horses.Since 2009, the organization has rescued 78 horses. Currently The Rescue houses 11 horses and 2 colts, while all the others have found new homes with loving families.