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PPG Chester Employees Support Public Schools

07 August 2010

The PPG Industries Foundation donated a total of $24,432 to 10 Chester-area public schools in the first half of 2010 on behalf of 17 employees at the PPG Industries fiber glass plant here.

Through an employee program called Public Education Leadership Community (PELC) grants, the corporation’s affiliated foundation approved 27 requests from PPG employees for up to $1,000 each to fund school projects, materials and activities.

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 to date in 2010 supported Chester-area schools with literacy and reading programs, Junior Achievement programs and materials, a Biltmore Estate field trip, science kits and programs, history and economics materials, math workstations and skills programs, a Charlotte Children's Theater experience, a computer program series for academic and language skills, a ""Great Color Caper"" science assembly by Discovery Place, and a school-to-home connections program.

“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 Chester Middle School, Great Falls Elementary School and Lewisville Elementary School. “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 honour to enable educators to transform their ideas into real classroom activities with help from PPG funding.”