PPG Chester employees get $39,407 in grants for local public schools this year

Employees at PPG Industries’ Chester fiber glass manufacturing plant helped to obtain $39,407 in grants to date in 2011 through the PPG Industries Foundation for public schools where they have an interest.
Al Reid, plant manager at PPG Industries’ Chester, S.C., fiber glass manufacturing facility, accepts a 2011 Outstanding Business Partnership Award for exceptional contributions to The Children’s School at Sylvia Circle from Principal Dr. Sandra Lindsay-Brown (left) and Rock Hill Schools Superintendent Lynn P. Moody. Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, to date in 2011, the PPG Industries Foundation has donated a total of $39,407 to 22 Chester-area public schools on behalf of 19 PPG Chester employees. The grants supported 38 employee requests for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities.
CHESTER, S.C., Nov. 3, 2011 – Employees at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) Chester fiber glass manufacturing plant helped to obtain $39,407 in grants to date in 2011 through the PPG Industries Foundation for public schools where they have an interest. The foundation approved 38 requests from 19 PPG Chester employees through its Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grant employee program.

The PELC grants, of up to $1,000 each, funded school projects, materials and activities at the following schools in the Chester area:

  • Academy for Teaching and Learning
  • Chester High School
  • Chester Middle School
  • Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology
  • Chester Park Elementary School
  • Chester Park School of the Arts
  • Children's Attention Home Charter School
  • The Children's School at Sylvia Circle
  • Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School
  • Ebinport Elementary School
  • Gold Hill Elementary School
  • Great Falls Elementary School
  • Indian Land Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Lewisville Elementary School
  • Lewisville Middle School
  • Lockhart School
  • Oakdale Elementary School
  • Old Pointe Elementary School
  • Riverview Elementary School
  • Sugar Creek Elementary School
  • York Intermediate 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 Chester employees to date in 2011 supported local schools with field trips, assemblies, Junior Achievement activities, arts education efforts, special-needs enrichment materials, and other educational initiatives.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Al Reid, PPG Chester plant manager and sponsor of three grants that benefited The Children's School at Sylvia Circle this year. “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 employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications

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