PPG Monroeville employees support local schools through foundation

Grants totaled nearly $15,500 for 17 requests to date in 2010

The PPG Industries Foundation has approved, through a program for PPG Industries employees, 17 grants totaling $15,450 to date in 2010 to fund school projects, materials and activities for 11 schools where PPG Monroeville Chemicals Center employees are actively involved. Grants were requested by employees such as, from left, Kirupathevy Pulenthiran, Denise Callihan, Clyde Warren, Sarah Topper, Songwei Lu, Lynda Brooks, Don Tomicek, Jennifer Coles and Ed Tomcik. Missing from the photo is Jenny Warburton.
MONROEVILLE, Pa., Nov. 23, 2010 – To date in 2010, the PPG Industries Foundation has pledged grants totaling $15,450 to 11 local schools on behalf of 10 employees at the PPG Monroeville Chemicals Center. Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, the corporation’s affiliated foundation approved 17 requests from PPG employees for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities.

The following local schools are benefiting from PPG Monroeville employees’ PELC grant requests to date in 2010:

  • Burchfield Primary School
  • Central Elementary School
  • Franklin Regional Middle School
  • Harrison Park Elementary School
  • Hosack Elementary School
  • Level Green Elementary School
  • Osborne Elementary School
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
  • Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8
  • South Butler Intermediate Elementary School
  • Steel Valley Middle 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 Monroeville Chemicals Center employees to date in 2010 supported schools with Carnegie Science Center programs “Captain Green's Time Machine,” “The Great Color Caper,” “Fractured Physics” and “Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry,” as well as projects such as a backyard bird project; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for the elementary classroom; Gotcha schoolwide management; a kindergarten celebration; an “Ultimate Inquiry” experience day; a PSSA/Terra Nova incentive program; a Pittsburgh landmarks tour; and book creation, reading and geology programs.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Michael H. McGarry, PPG senior vice president, Commodity Chemicals segment, based in Monroeville. “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