PPG donates $5,000 to Pirates Charities

Funding supports Education Days program for local students

 
Lynne Schmidt, at right, PPG vice president of government and community affairs, joins Denise Balkovec, director of development, Pirates Charities, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh to celebrate the PPG Industries Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Pittsburgh Pirates Charities in support of the Pirates Education Days interactive learning program for local elementary and middle-school students.
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 23, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $5,000 to Pirates Charities in support of its Pirates Education Days program during the 2010 Major League Baseball season. The annual program offers an interactive learning experience to elementary and middle-school students, covering subjects such as math, history and geography, at PNC Park before select Pittsburgh Pirates home games. More than 8,253 students participated in this year’s activities.

“Education Days gives teachers and administrators a fun, unique way to promote learning through the multiple avenues available in the game of baseball and at PNC Park,” said Brian Chiera, Pirates senior director of marketing. “Perhaps more importantly, the lesson plan also creates awareness in students that what they learn in the classroom is applied in life outside of the classroom, including a Pirates game at PNC Park. The PPG Industries Foundation support has been an integral part in the program’s success.”

PPG is the sole corporate sponsor of Pirates Education Days, which is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Over the course of the baseball season, three day games are designated as Pirates Education Days for students and parents or teacher chaperones to arrive early at the ballpark to participate in educational scavenger hunts. The program is offered through schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area, and 51 different towns were represented this year.

“We are happy to support children’s educational programs such as this one for Pirates Charities,” said Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation. “Enabling hands-on learning opportunities beyond the classroom is exciting for PPG, as a major focus of our corporate giving is supporting educational initiatives that make learning fun for students.”

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 Pirates Charities
Pirates Charities is committed to strengthening the community by supporting organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives of children and adults in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Pirates Charities places a special emphasis on supporting youth programs focused on health, fitness and education by developing partnerships with those who share in our mission.

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.

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Contact:
Wendy McAfoose
PPG Corporate Communications
412-434-3099
mcafoose@ppg.com
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