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Volunteers build outdoor classroom, garden for James E.Bacon Elementary

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(Domtar Corporation)

Domtar Corporation employees attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at James E. Bacon Elementary School Tuesday morning to celebrate the opening of the new outdoor classroom and garden that they volunteered to build.

The new additions were funded by a grant from the Georgia Shape initiative, which is dedicated to promoting good nutrition and physical activity, according to a news release.

Domtar Corporation makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, and is one of the world’s largest producers of a complete line of absorbent hygiene solutions and an innovator in absorbent technology.

Their effort to build the new facility began last year as a part of the company's EarthChoice Ambassadors (ECA) program, which they say "strives to push Domtar's sustainability message throughout the organization."

“OurJesup employees are so excited to see this outdoor garden and classroom come to life for the students of James E. Bacon Elementary,” said Kim Sumner, director of Operations & Development, EAM Corporation, Domtar Personal Care. “We’re honored to have been a part of this volunteer building project, and it’s a shining example of how our EarthChoice Ambassador program can make a real difference in promoting sustainability in the local communities where we operate.”

The program was launched in 2010 with the intent of providing an employee engagement pilot program focusing on sustainability. The Ambassador program plans to expand to all Domtar sites globally by 2020. As of now, there are 26 ECA teams in four different countries.

“This outdoor classroom and garden is such a wonderful addition to the school, and will give our students the important opportunity to learn outside and engage with nature,” said Kristyn May, first grade teacher at James E. Bacon Elementary School. “Our school is so grateful for the Georgia Shape grant that funded this outdoor classroom, and to the employees from Domtar who volunteered their time to make it a reality.”