PPG donates $5,000 to Pittsburgh Chinese School
Funding supports book purchases for school in China
PITTSBURGH, June 12, 2009 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $5,000 to the Pittsburgh Chinese School to purchase replacement books for a school destroyed during the massive earthquake in central China in May 2008.
The Pittsburgh Chinese School recently presented a plaque to the PPG Industries Foundation recognizing its $5,000 gift to purchase books for a school being rebuilt in the Sichuan region of China after a massive earthquake in May 2008. Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation (center), accepted the plaque from Jiping Shao, a development chemist with PPG (left) who is vice chair of the Pittsburgh Chinese School Education Foundation, and Hong Tao, chair of the Pittsburgh Chinese School Education Foundation.
“PPG’s gift will be used to purchase new books for the Pittsburgh Chunlei School in Sichaun, which is being rebuilt with PPG’s and other organizations’ contributions from the greater Pittsburgh area. The school has included Pittsburgh in its name in recognition of help from this area,” said Hong Tao, chair of the Pittsburgh Chinese School Education Foundation. “We are grateful for PPG’s willingness and generosity to help Chinese students get their lives back to normal.”
The Pittsburgh Chinese School, which is housed in Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, is a non-profit educational and cultural institution that promotes the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional and contemporary Chinese language and culture. The school has about 50 faculty members and 300 students of all ages, and it offers programs, activities, courses and seminars on aspects of Chinese culture from history to literature.
Jiping Shao, a development chemist at PPG’s Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, Pa., is vice chair of the Pittsburgh Chinese School Education Foundation and one of many PPG employees whose families participate in the school’s activities. “We were all so devastated by the earthquake and are doing whatever we can to help,” Shao said. “It is wonderful that PPG and the Pittsburgh Chinese School have been able to work together to improve life for the victims of this disaster.”
Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation, said PPG has operations throughout China and has participated in various fund-raising activities to help rebuild libraries in the Sichuan region. “PPG is glad to support the book-replacement program in the United States and China,” she said. “Education is a priority for the foundation, and we look forward to a time when Chinese students will be in rebuilt schools with these new books.”
Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employee volunteerism and executives’ involvement with nonprofit organizations.
About the Pittsburgh Chinese School
Founded in 1977, Pittsburgh Chinese School is a non-profit educational and cultural organization that promotes the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional and contemporary Chinese civilization, culture and heritage and provides the cultural and historical context for learning Chinese. Its mission is to operate as a Chinese language school and to prepare multi-ethnic students to meet the challenge of globalization, to promote an understanding of Chinese culture and heritage, and to engage school youth in community services and help them to achieve cultural communication and harmony.
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
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