PPG donates $10,000 to Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh

Grant supports reading programs in two Wilkinsburg elementary schools


The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $10,000 to Reading Is FUNdamental (RIF) Pittsburgh to support its Books for Keeps Science Program, which provides access to free books, encourages literacy skills and fosters exploration and learning among elementary school students. The grant supports science-themed Reading Celebrations that pair literacy and hands-on science experimentation for students at the Kelly and Turner elementary schools in the Wilkinsburg School District.

PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $10,000 to Reading Is FUNdamental (RIF) Pittsburgh to support its Books for Keeps Science Program, which provides access to free books, encourages literacy skills and fosters exploration and learning among elementary school students. The grant supports science-themed Reading Celebrations that pair literacy and hands-on science experimentation for students at the Kelly and Turner elementary schools in the Wilkinsburg School District.

“We are grateful for this continued support from PPG,” said Florri Ladov, executive director of RIF Pittsburgh. “The funding ensures that our Books for Keeps Science Program can continue to place new books directly into the hands the children who need them the most, while providing them with the opportunity to participate in hands-on experimentation helping them create real connections between what they experience through reading and what exists in the world around them.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly two-thirds of low-income families do not own books for their children. The NCES also reports that children from low-income backgrounds consistently perform lower than other children in reading, math and science. RIF Pittsburgh is dedicated to reducing the educational disparities between low-income children and their peers by providing access to free books and motivational activities that encourage literacy skills and foster exploration and learning.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, especially through education-related initiatives offered by nonprofit organizations such as Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh,” said Bryan Iams, PPG vice president, corporate communications, marketing, and government and community affairs, who also serves on the board of RIF Pittsburgh. “We are proud to help them encourage children to develop a love of reading and science, opening up new possibilities for their future.”

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 employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.

About Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh
RIF Pittsburgh addresses critical literacy needs in our community by providing children with access to self-selected books, creating positive environments that motivate children to develop a life-long love of reading and learning, and engaging families in literacy practices in the home. Last year, RIF Pittsburgh provided more than 64,000 books and motivational activities to more than 20,000 of the children who need them the most. Through its programs, RIF Pittsburgh is working to cultivate a life-long love of reading in economically disadvantaged children and families and build the foundations of academic success. For more information, visit www.rifpittsburgh.org.

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