PPG employees support public schools through foundation program

Grants totaled nearly $25,000 for 27 projects in 2009

Wayne Walton, human resources manager for PPG Industries’ fiber glass plant in Chester, presents five grant checks totaling $4,858 to Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology Principal Kristie Langdale and teachers Tracy Carpenter and Danielle Tisdale, in the front row. PPG employees and grant sponsors who participated in the presentation were, from left, Marcine Cloud, Jens Schoenfuss, Gene Odom, Tom Williamson, Robb Reynolds and Karen Bailey.
CHESTER, S.C., April 12, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation donated a total of $24,747 to six Chester-area public schools in 2009 on behalf of 21 employees at the PPG Industries fiber glass plant here. Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, the corporation’s affiliated foundation approved 27 requests from PPG employees for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities.

The following schools in the Chester area benefited from PPG PELC grants in 2009:

  • The Academy for Teaching and Learning
  • Chester Middle School
  • Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology
  • Chester Park School of Inquiry
  • Great Falls Elementary School
  • Lewisville Elementary School

Any PPG employee may sponsor up to three PELC grant requests annually, to support projects meeting program requirements at public schools where they are involved. Grants obtained through PPG employees in 2009 supported Chester-area schools with Books-A-Million, Camp Greenville and Junior Achievement JA BizTown field trips; Great Color Caper school assemblies by a team from Discovery Place in Charlotte; family game nights; kindergarten materials; and a Latin American festival and Spanish heritage tour.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Al Reid, PPG Chester plant manager and sponsor of two 2009 grants that benefited Lewisville Elementary School. “We are proud that our employees participate in the PPG Industries Foundation’s PELC program to actively assist the public schools where their children learn, their neighbors teach, and their communities develop. It is an honor to enable educators to transform their ideas into real classroom activities with help from PPG funding.”

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 PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 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