PPG Chester employees continue to support public schools through foundation

Grants totaled nearly $24,500 for 27 requests in first half of 2010

The PPG Industries Foundation has donated a total of $24,432 in the first half of 2010 to 10 Chester-area public schools on behalf of 17 employees at PPG Industries’ local fiber glass plant, such as, from left, Vernessa Young, Melissa Strong, David Duggins, Karen Bailey and Tammy Davis.
CHESTER, S.C., Aug. 4, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated a total of $24,432 to 10 Chester-area public schools in the first half of 2010 on behalf of 17 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 to date in 2010:

  • Chester High School
  • Chester Middle School
  • Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology
  • Chester Park School of Inquiry
  • Chester Park School of the Arts
  • Great Falls Elementary School
  • Harold C. Johnson Middle School
  • Lewisville Elementary School
  • Northside Elementary School of the Arts
  • York Road 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 to date in 2010 supported Chester-area schools with literacy and reading programs, Junior Achievement programs and materials, a Biltmore Estate field trip, science kits and programs, history and economics materials, math workstations and skills programs, a Charlotte Children's Theater experience, a computer program series for academic and language skills, a "Great Color Caper" science assembly by Discovery Place, and a school-to-home connections program.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Al Reid, PPG Chester plant manager and sponsor of three grants that benefited Chester Middle School, Great Falls Elementary School and 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