PPG donates $5,000 to Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District
Donation funds STEM camp opportunity for 16 middle-school girls
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 1, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation announced it provided a $5,000 donation to the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District enabling 16 middle-school girls to attend a four-day STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). The grant was made on behalf of the PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) industrial coatings facility in Oak Creek, Wis.
A $5,000 PPG Industries Foundation grant to the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District funded attendance for these 16 middle school girls at a four-day University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp. The grant was made on behalf of the PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) industrial coatings facility in Oak Creek, Wis.
Throughout the four-day University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp, the girls from middle schools in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District learned about and created water filtration systems for different environments by working directly with water, soil and rocks, as shown above and below.
“We truly appreciate PPG’s support in helping provide hands-on STEM education for our students,” said Dr. Sara Burmeister, superintendent of Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District. “The camp was a tremendous success and was pivotal in providing the girls with an opportunity to explore science- and engineering-related careers in an entertaining and educational environment.”
Throughout the four-day camp, the girls learned about and created water filtration systems for different environments by working directly with water, soil and rocks. Under the direction of UWM science staff, the students attended training, worked in a laboratory and explored the college campus.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, especially through educational programs that directly impact students and provide them with opportunities to experience science firsthand,” said Jack Marshall, PPG plant manager at the Oak Creek facility. “Helping schools such as those in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District allows us to expose students to STEM-related careers, which are vital to the future success of this region and companies like PPG.”
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.
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