Domtar Corporation connects students and law enforcement through handwriting
Employee volunteers from Domtar Corporation’s converting facility in Rock Hill, S.C., visited Old Pointe Elementary School to host a PaperPal event for 5th Grade students and local York County Sheriff’s Department and Rock Hill Police officers.
The PaperPal program brings generations together through handwritten letters. The officers and students exchanged letters for six months and recently met in person for the first time.
“Research shows that handwriting has tremendous neurological benefits for the developing minds of young children,” the company announced, “and it is an effective way to communicate on a more emotional level.”
Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, and says it is one of the world’s largest producers of uncoated freesheet papers, as well as a complete line of absorbent hygiene solutions.
“The PaperPal program was a great way for our officers to meet students on a personal level and let them know that we care and we’re here to protect them,” said Kevin R. Tolson, York county sheriff.
Domtar started the PaperPal program in 2015 with a school and retirement community in Van Nuys, Calif. The idea, chronicled in a short video, was so successful that the groups wanted to continue writing letters even after the initial two-month program officially ended.