Domtar Develops 'Paperpal' Project to Link Senior Citizens, Students
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Press release from the issuing company
Growing Amount of Research Shows that Both Groups Benefit from Handwriting;
More Locations Can Join the Letter-Writing Effort That Connects Generations
Montreal – As more researchers and doctors recommend the benefits of handwriting for both children and senior citizens, Domtar Corporation (NYSE:UFS) (TSX: UFS) unveiled a new program today called PaperPal.
The effort will connect generations through letter-writing. It will help youths develop fine motor skills, spur seniors to practice a useful cognitive exercise and give both groups a way to develop enjoyable and enriching connections.
Domtar tested the 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.
“Research about the benefits of handwriting shows why this program can be useful,” said Paige Goff, Domtar’s Vice President of Sustainability and Business Communications. “But besides the educational and cognitive benefits, Domtar is excited about how it will spark smiles and hugs for both children and senior citizens. You see that in the video, and we can’t wait to see it at the new places where PaperPal will debut.”
PaperPal will now expand to Wisconsin locations near a Domtar mill: Rothschild Elementary School, senior apartment community Birchwood Highlands and assisted living facility Stoney River. The program is also available to other facilities. To learn more about PaperPal or to receive a starter kit, please visit www.paperbecause.com/handwriting.
To understand more about the benefits of handwriting for different generations, consider the research and expert opinions cited in this Wall Street Journal article:
“Handwriting remains valuable for all ages, and it’s especially useful when it connects senior citizens and students,” Goff said. “We’re excited that more schools and senior centers are joining PaperPal, because we know the results will be so positive.”
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