TheMadison-MorganBoys and Girls Club unveiled its newest addition to the club last week, a Novelis computer lab.
The Novelis lab represents a partnership between Novelis and the non-profit organization.Representatives from Novelis, Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia, Mannington Mills, the Morgan County Family Connection, Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club, the Morgan County Charter School System and the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls club gathered together on Wednesday, July 25, to cut the ribbon on the lab.
“One of our goals that we have always had with our club is to provide more enhancements for learning and this lab is going to do so much more for achieving this particular goal,” said Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club advisory board co-president Nancy Vaughn. “We all know that when there is excitement in learning more learning happens and better learning happens and we have companies to thank, we have lots of supporters to thank and we are just delighted for this wonderful opportunity.”
During the ribbon cutting, the students and supporters heard from various people attached to the project. “The club would not exist if it had not been for our community partners,” said Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club Sr. Executive Director Karen Robertson. “If the community did not believe in that there was a place where kids could expand their learning after school, where they could be involvedinopportunitiesthat they would not be otherwise, we would not be here.”
According to Robertson, the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club has averaged a daily attendance of 75 kids this summer. The students have had the opportunity to take field trips where they have experienced things they might not have ever been able to see and do. “We know that our school works really hard to expose our kids to all of these skill sets and things that they need to survive in the world and we are just here to support that, to further enhance that learning and to continue to provide the kids with a safe place and a positive place,” Robertson said.
Scott Palmer from the Greensboro Novelis plant also spoke to the crowd about the new lab. “The key point for me is, yes, Novelis makes a financial contribution to facilitate this but the people I want to thank are all the people involved,” said Palmer. “The people of Novelis that put in a lot of hard hours, I mean time, energy, dedication, and the people of the Boys & Girls Club, your dedication in this and seeing through this vision. Because Novelis is, one of our objectives is, to be good a good positive influence in the community that we operate.”
Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia President and CEO Bob Mackey then gave some history of the partnership with Novelis. In 2014, a survey went to students and parents at the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club revealing that only 30 percent of the kids in the club had computers in their homes. The survey also asked the students about what they knew about STEM careers and only 10 percent of the students knew anything about those fields.
Mackey then met Novelis Greensboro human resource director Charity Burnette. Together, Burnette, Mackey and others worked together to create the Novelis lab at the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club. The lab gave the staff at Pete Nance the ability to designSTEMprogramming. That first Novelis lab served as a model for the one at the Madison-Morgan club. “So kids learn, and you are going to have fun in there,” said Bob Mackey.
The Boys & Girls Club students were then treated to a demonstration and hands on experience by Novelis scientists in their new computer lab.