PPG donates $19,500 to Sylmar, Pacoima schools

Funding supports reading, science, performing arts programs

From left, Kimberly Chacham, intervention teacher, and Rosalinda Elmore, principal, both of Herrick Avenue Elementary School in Sylmar, present a certificate to Vani Lewerke and Maricela Gil, both of PPG Industries' aerospace business headquarters in Sylmar, as thanks for a $5,000 grant from the PPG Industries Foundation for a reading intervention program. Upon completion of the program, the first- and second-grade students who participated also provided the local PPG facility with copies of the books they wrote.
SYLMAR, Calif., June 4, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated a total of $19,500 to four schools near the PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) aerospace business headquarters in Sylmar. The funding supports programs to help students improve their California Standardized Test scores as well as those that help them to build confidence and self-esteem.

The recipient schools and initiatives are:

  • Harding Elementary, Sylmar – Bulldog Reading Program materials
  • Herrick Avenue Elementary School, Sylmar – Reading intervention program using Rigby Book Series and assessment kit
  • Olive Vista Middle School, Sylmar – Science fair materials and transportation
  • Pacoima Middle School, Pacoima – Transportation for Pacoima Singers Musical Theatre Group to competition in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Barry Gillespie, vice president, PPG Aerospace, based at PPG’s facility in Sylmar. “We are proud to help these local schools with their efforts to provide unique learning opportunities and educational enrichment programs for students in the Sylmar area.”

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