Novelis donates masks to local schools

B-UMS Asst. Principal Amy Cale receives the Novelis mask donation from Lori Howes.

BUCKHANNON — Novelis, Inc. of Buckhannon, previously known as Aleris, recently donated a total of 2,500 face masks to Buckhannon-Upshur High School and Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.  Each school received 1,250 masks that will be distributed as needed to students, staff and visitors.  

Novelis, Inc. is an industrial aluminum company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.  It is a leading producer of rolled aluminum and the global leader in beverage can recycling, according to Logistics Coordinator and Site Champion Lori Howes.  The company also serves customers in sectors including automotive, consumer electronics, construction, foil and packaging. 

“In these trying times, we are just wanting the community to know that we are here to help and support them,” Howes stated.  The masks were presented to B-UMS Vice Principal Amy Cale and B-UHS Vice Principal Samantha LePut. 

Each school was very appreciative of the generous donation.  Cale stated, “Our school would like to express our gratitude towards Novelis for the donation of masks.  It is a great start to our partnership, and we are looking forward to expanding the relationship for the benefit of our students.”  Leput added, “B-UHS is thankful for the donation of face coverings from Novelis.  We are very excited to have Novelis as a business partner with our school.  We can’t wait to see the great things we will be able to accomplish by working together for our community.”

Novelis has given small donations within the community in the past, but they are looking to vamp up their donations and volunteering in the community.  “2020 has been trying for all but in 2021, we are looking forward to doing more for the community with volunteering and donations to non-profits, STEM projects, and local community projects,” Howes explained.   Novelis wants the community to know, “We are here and ready to help with the local needs.” 



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