PPG donates $8,000 to Teays Valley Local School District
Funding supports STEM after-school program at Teays Valley West Middle School
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 14, 2009 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $8,000 to the Teays Valley Local School District to support a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) after-school and summer program for Teays Valley West Middle School students.
Teays Valley West Middle School Principal Mike Kauffeld (far right) joins science teachers Marie Hammond (far left) and Missy Adkins in thanking Dave Moss, plant manager of PPG Industries’ coatings manufacturing facility in Circleville, for the PPG Industries Foundation’s $8,000 donation to support a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program at the school.
"We are very pleased to receive support from PPG for this program," said Jeff Sheets, superintendent of Teays Valley Local School District. "Students' success in learning the standards depends on teaching and learning as an active inquiry process. The STEM program therefore encourages students to build their abilities and interest in these important disciplines by involving them in hands-on activities and projects that create uniquely personal educational experiences."
Through President Obama’s recently-introduced Educate to Innovate campaign, schools and other organizations nationwide are being encouraged to spend money, time and volunteer effort on spurring students to pursue STEM education. Teays Valley is one of seven school districts in central Ohio selected to begin STEM after-school and summer programs in the 2009-2010 school year. Two Teays Valley science teachers, Missy Adkins and Marie Hammond, participated in special training to support the program, which also includes a community-service project for students.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Dave Moss, plant manager for PPG’s coatings manufacturing facility in Circleville. “We are proud to support the Teays Valley Local School District in its efforts to promote STEM education for middle school students. These disciplines are a high priority for both PPG and the current U.S. administration, as they are the foundations for developing tomorrow’s innovators in engineering, chemistry and other technology-oriented fields.”
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 Teays Valley Local School District
The mission of Teays Valley Schools is to educate and encourage each student to lead a productive life. We believe students can learn; school should have a positive environment; communication between the home, school and community is important; parent involvement is key to student success; and in staff commitment to improvement.
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, 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.
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