Georgia-Pacific’s Darlington Dixie Force donates more than 80 backpacks to DCSD students

Georgia-Pacific’s Darlington Dixie Force donates more than 80 backpacks to DCSD students
Posted on 08/23/2016
Darlington Dixie ForceDARLINGTON, S.C. – Eighty-four Darlington County School District (DCSD) students will return to school with new book bags and school supplies this year, thanks to the generous employees of Georgia-Pacific Dixie of Darlington.

Organized as the Darlington Dixie Force (DDF), the employees donated books bags and loads of school supplies to students in schools across the district. DDF is a chapter of the Georgia-Pacific Community Affairs Service Force Team.

DCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram thanked the Dixie family for supporting the education of Darlington County students.

“We are fortunate and appreciative to have a giving community in Darlington County,” Ingram said. “The Darlington Dixie Force’s donation will help so many of our students return to school prepared and ready to learn. “

Ashley Black, employee leader with Dixie, said the DDF worked alongside the district to identify students who would benefit the most from donated backpacks and school supplies.

“Every year the DDF team chooses three to four events and/or activities to give back to the community in which our employees live and work,” Black said. “We reached out to the Darlington County School District and asked which schools in the district had the highest percentage of lower income families and received the names of seven schools. The DDF team decided to provide three backpacks for each of the grade levels represented within the seven schools identified, totaling 84 backpacks.”

Georgia-Pacific Dixie of Darlington employees made monetary donations and bought enough school supplies to fill all 84 backpacks, with plenty more to spare. The excess was donated to Hartsville and Darlington middle schools and Darlington County Head Start programs.

“Our Darlington Dixie team understands the importance of supporting our communities when and where we can,” Black said. “When we support our schools and our youth through donations such as these, we are investing in our community and its long term and success.”