PPG pledges $2,000 to Junior Achievement of Chester County

Funding supports business education programs in local schools

Al Reid, PPG plant manager at the Chester fiber glass manufacturing facility, presented a $2,000 check from the PPG Industries Foundation to Ann Elliott, regional director of Junior Achievement of Chester County, to support JA’s local in-school business education programs. The donation helped the program to serve more than 1,450 students during the 2008-2009 school year. Reid is also vice-chair on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Chester County.
CHESTER, S.C., July 21, 2009 –
The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $2,000 to Junior Achievement of Chester County to support its local in-school business education programs.

"We are very pleased to receive support from PPG, both through the grant and through employee volunteerism," said Ann Elliott, regional director, Junior Achievement of Chester County. "The funding enables us to continue educating students in schools throughout Chester County about economics and finance. In addition, several PPG employees volunteer to teach JA classes in local schools, and PPG Plant Manager Al Reid serves as our board’s vice-chair."

Junior Achievement programs are presented by volunteers from the community who provide educational content and then lead classroom activities that challenge students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills. For the 2008-2009 school year, Junior Achievement of Chester County taught 74 elementary classes and 6 middle school classes, reaching 1,467 students. The classroom programming emphasizes business ethics and personal financial literacy while it supports reading, writing and math concepts, and it is centered on structured lesson plans tied to North Carolina standards for kindergarten through 12th grade.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Al Reid, plant manager at PPG’s fiber glass manufacturing facility in Chester and board vice-chair of JA of Chester County. “We are proud to support JA in its efforts to provide classroom instruction that simulates everyday business experiences and helps to improve students’ understanding of real-world economics as well as their critical thinking skills.”

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 Junior Achievement of Chester County
Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was founded nationally in 1919 and in the Central Carolinas in 1958. Based on the belief that all children deserve education in economics and finance to inspire and prepare them for success, it offers simple, understandable lessons about the global economy and doing business the right way, showing students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 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.




K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications