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Domtar Fort Mill enjoys a day with Palmetto School Students

A group of Domtar interns and employees recently spent their day at the Palmetto School at the Children's Attention Home, where they read with the children, helped them with various art projects, and played some basketball.

The Palmetto School, in partnership with the Children's Attention Home, provides a safe educational experience for abused, neglected, abandoned or homeless children. Many of these children are absent in traditional schools because of injury, illness or lack of parental support.  They often arrive at the Palmetto School significantly below grade level in all academic areas and are able to catch up with help from the school, which focuses on the needs of each individual child.

Tierra Adams, a Domtar human resource advisor in Fort Mill, helped coordinate the event to give this year's Fort Mill intern class a hands-on, local volunteer opportunity.  The event was coordinated with the United Way of York County, which supports the Palmetto School and the Children's Attention Home.

"The United Way of York county was so honored to have the opportunity to work with our future leaders as part of the Domtar internship program," said Rebecca Melton, President of United Way of York County.  "Our target issues at United Way are early learning preparedness, high school graduation and workforce preparedness.  This was demonstrated at our visit to The Palmetto School at the Children's Attention Home.  We know the importance of engaging students over the summer and not allowing their skills, especially in reading, to decline."

The staff at the Palmetto School was also grateful for Domtar's support and welcomed employees back to volunteer anytime.

"Domtar's partnership has made a major difference in the lives of our children through their volunteer work, sponsorship and financial contributions," said Hugh Wilson, Executive Director at the school.  "Our teachers could not do what they do if not for Domtar's continued support."

-article provided by Domtar Fort Mill