Our Salisbury team have formed a strong partnership with the local Elementary School that has 95% of pupils at poverty level. In 2017, our employees volunteered at the school as part of the Rowan County United Way ‘Day of Caring’. The event encourages volunteers from companies within the community to come together to complete projects for local schools and non-profit agencies. Salisbury employees helped improve the appearance of the school by painting doors and walls.
In addition, the team initiated a fundraiser to help take the fifth grade to the mountains. Employees from the Salisbury site raised just over US$5,000 to cover the cost of a trip to Biltmore House, Asheville, NC. Employees then applied for match funding through the Innospec Cares program and secured a further US$5,000 that will be used for additional trips in the 2017/18 school year. Thanks to the Salisbury employees, the school has received over US$10,000 to support their students’ education.
North Rowan Elementary Principal, Katherine Bryant, talked about the trip:
“For the majority of students, the trip was an entirely new life changing experience. Out of 80 fifth-graders, roughly 60 percent have never been to the mountains before. The trip, paid for by a donation from Innospec in Salisbury, is the first of its kind for North Rowan Elementary and we are determined that it won’t be the last. It is my goal that every student has the opportunity to visit the mountains and the coast by the time they move to middle school. Our aim is to broaden the students’ horizons to see that the world is bigger than their backyard. We want to say a big thank you to Innospec and its employees for making this possible.”