PPG Cleveland employees support local public schools through foundation

Grants totaled $12,590 for 13 requests to date in 2010

 
The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged a total of $12,590 to date in 2010 to eight local public schools on behalf of seven employees at PPG Industries’ Cleveland coatings manufacturing facility. Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, the corporation’s affiliated foundation approved 13 requests from PPG Cleveland employees for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities. Schools received grants on behalf of PPG employees such as, from left, Veronica Levoy, Larry Corrigan, Erika Rounds, Joe Dailey, Leslie Labroo and Amanda Ives. Missing from the photo is Rob Laskowski.
CLEVELAND, Nov. 29, 2010 – To date in 2010, the PPG Industries Foundation has pledged grants totaling $12,590 to eight local public schools on behalf of seven employees at the PPG coatings manufacturing facility in Cleveland. Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, the corporation’s affiliated foundation approved 13 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 Cleveland employees’ PELC grant requests to date in 2010:

  • Artemus Ward Elementary School
  • Bellevue Senior High School
  • Edison High School
  • Lee Burneson Middle School
  • Locust Corner Elementary School
  • Robert C. Lindsey Elementary School
  • Rocky River Middle School
  • William Cullen Bryant 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 Cleveland employees to date in 2010 supported school projects such as the Carnegie Science Center “Fractured Physics” program, a Goodtime III field trip, a Great Lakes Science Center astronomy program, a literacy resource room, speech and debate activities, drama club, and activities focusing on math, science and leadership.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Rich Bauer, PPG operations director, Americas, automotive coatings, located at the Cleveland manufacturing facility. “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.

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Contact:
K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications
412-434-2445
kmccrory@ppg.com
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