PPG employees in Cheswick, Springdale support schools through foundation

Grants totaled nearly $14,000 for 16 requests to date in 2010

The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged a total of $7,732 to date in 2010 to seven local public schools based on 10 requests from (from left) Beverly Weston, Rebecca Stiger, Grace Ann Bello, Linda Rukavina and Ashtosh Ganjoo, all employees of the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Cheswick, Pa.

The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged a total of $4,973 to date in 2010 to four local public schools based on six requests from (from left) Ron Kralic, Lisa Merlo and Jeff Scherm, as well as John Fong (not pictured), all employees of PPG’s coatings operations in Springdale, Pa.
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17, 2010 – To date in 2010, the PPG Industries Foundation has pledged grants totaling $13,705 to 11 local public schools on behalf of nine employees at PPG Industries’ facilities in Cheswick and Springdale, Pa. Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, the corporation’s affiliated foundation approved 16 requests from PPG employees for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities.

The following local schools are benefiting from PELC grant requests to date in 2010 by employees of the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Cheswick and the PPG coatings plant and research-and-development facility in Springdale:

  • Allegheny-Hyde Park Elementary School
  • Burchfield Primary School
  • Curtisville Primary Center
  • Deer Lakes High School
  • Evergreen Elementary School
  • Fawn Elementary School
  • Highlands High School
  • Highlands Middle School
  • Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8
  • Riverside Intermediate School
  • Wyland 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 in Cheswick and Springdale to date in 2010 supported schools with field trips to Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Spring House Farm. Other supported projects include the Carnegie Science Center programs “Captain Green's Time Machine,” “The Great Color Caper” and “Fire and Ice”; assemblies by Omega-Man and Chinese acrobats; out-of-school chorus performances; Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium outreach; and programs focusing on science, nutrition, positive behavior and recycling.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation. “We are proud that so many PPG employees participate in the 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