At a recent STEAMFest, a couple of Brunswick Cellulose engineers took the time to teach elementary and middle school students about the paper-making process.
Their presentation included an interactive display of the operations of the Brunswick pulp mill and a chance to hold samples of chips to the final product.
The STEAMFest represented one of many ways Brunswick Cellulose helps support the education of Glynn County’s students at local schools and colleges.
The company, which runs a Georgia-Pacific mill in Glynn County, helps support the education of students of all ages and aims to contribute to the future success of the community, said Randal Morris, senior manager of public affairs and communications for Brunswick Cellulose.
“Our company believes that education is the significant underpinning of successful communities,” Morris said. “We take seriously our role of being a good and responsible corporate citizen and to helping create value that contributes to the long-term success of our community and our business.”
Brunswick Cellulose also sponsors The Brunswick News’ Newspapers in Education program, which provides free copies of the newspaper to local teachers to be used as educational tools in classrooms.
“The NIE program creates value in our community on many levels,” Morris said. “First, it’s a very good and tangible tool for students to learn about their community — people, engagement, current events, leadership, government, world events, sports and so much more.”
The NIE program engages the business community with local schools and students, he said, and it’s a visible reminder to everyone that there’s a multitude of teaching tools that can be employed in the classroom.
Brunswick Cellulose has supported curriculum and program development that aids the community’s workforce development infrastructure, Morris said.
“Particularly, we have been involved with the Golden Isles (College and) Career Academy since its inception and have been involved with the growth of Coastal Pines Technical College and College of Coastal Georgia,” he said. “Our employees volunteer on committees and initiatives that advance the public school system and athletic programs.”
The local mill provides internships and other opportunities for college students.
“The opportunities focus on engineering, accounting, logistics, purchasing and environmental,” Morris said.
The company works closely with both College of Coastal Georgia and Coastal Pines Technical College.
“Post-secondary educational opportunities are extremely important, and we work closely with our colleges with both funding and engagement to support curriculum and learning activities,” Morris said.
Support for local education leads to success for the community, Morris said.
“A vibrant education system helps train and educate youth and adults of our community for jobs and success and we strive to operate long term and provide direct and indirect opportunities for our community neighbors,” he said.