Sponsor Spotlight: Georgia-Pacific
Paper is one of the most requested school supplies by teachers in America, and we found the perfect partner to help us fulfill this need in Georgia-Pacific.
Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, was on a mission to become more involved within the community both around the headquarters and national mill locations. The company looked for a charitable partner who was enriching their own communities and aligned with Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers’ value principles of integrity, respect, fulfillment, and change. After considering several organizations, Georgia-Pacific met with The Kids In Need Foundation and found that not only did a partnership with our organization have incredible potential to aide educational needs, it would allow Georgia-Pacific to provide a basic yet necessary school supply to classrooms across the country: paper.
Paper is essential in the classroom
Even in the growing era of technology and digital learning, paper is still a fundamental school supply that is often times considered a luxury for many teachers and students. A recent study conducted by the Paper and Packaging Board found that 64% of K-12 teachers believe students comprehend information better and are more engaged when they read on paper, which is why it’s one of the top supplies requested on school lists each year. Additionally, the study found that 96% of parents believe paper is essential to their children’s ability to achieve educational goals.
As a teacher from Portland puts it, “We just did project today in science that we would normally have to do online because we lack art supplies like paper and markers. The kids overwhelming chose the paper poster option instead of doing the poster online.”
A national sponsor is born
With these statistics in mind, among others, Georgia-Pacific decided to partner with The Kids In Need Foundation in 2015 and became the official National Paper Sponsor. Since then, Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers has donated over 130,000+ reams of copy paper to Kids In Need Foundation Resource Centers and schools across the country. For the 15 million kids who come from families struggling with extreme poverty, school supplies can make all the difference in setting them up for future success in and out of the classroom.
Georgia-Pacific is so much more than our National Paper Sponsor, however. Georgia-Pacific works with our national network of Resource Centers to inspire creativity and imaginative thinking in the classroom via fun learning activities like the “Call to Canvas” art contest. This year’s annual “Call to Canvas” event tasked students to illustrate what happiness means to them on a blank sheet of Georgia-Pacific printer paper. Teachers from across the country submitted their students’ artwork into the contest, which was then voted on by Georgia-Pacific employees. The winning student in each division received resource-based donations for their teachers and schools. Additionally, Georgia-Pacific announced they will be sponsoring an extra back-to-school teacher shopping day and donate a pallet of paper for the four Kids In Need Foundation Resource Centers with the highest level of participation in this year’s art contest.
Being there for the students
“Our partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation is something we are proud and humbled to be a part of, as we get to provide an essential supply to Resource Centers, schools, teachers, and students across the country – including those in local GP markets,” said Callie Kaszycki, Marketing Manager, Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers. “We look forward to donating even more paper this year at our upcoming events to make sure educators are well equipped to continue to inspire the younger generation. It is always a surprise just how life changing a simple pack of paper can be to those children – the instant motivation and boost they need to feel prepared and confident in their learning environments.”
“With the help of the Kids In Need Foundation, I am able to lessen the stress for many of my students,” says a teacher from Tampa. “When a child has to worry if they have the necessary tools to learn, negative behaviors and low self-esteem often begins to present themselves in the classroom. These can dramatically impact student learning and the overall culture of our classroom. By having a source for the basic supplies we need, I can focus on the learning opportunities and build positive relationships with my students. My kids know that they never have to worry about pencils, paper, notebooks, etc. For many, this makes the difference. Thank you!”
In our mission to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom, we are happy to have the support of Georgia-Pacific and the Communication Papers team. Through our partnership, we’ve been able to touch the lives of thousands of children, teachers and communities while having a profound impact on the learning experience in classrooms across the country. As we celebrate this year’s Call to Canvas art contest winners, we would like to thank Georgia-Pacific for their ongoing participation and support of The Kids In Need Foundation and our growing national network of affiliate Resource Centers.
To learn more about our partnership with Georgia-Pacific, visit their website at http://georgiapacificpaper.com/givingback.html.