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PPG Foundation helps Kell Grade School enhance science learning

Grants from the PPG Foundation recently helped support a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) family night at Kell Grade School in Kell, Illinois, and a trip for Kell Grade School 5th- through 8th-graders to the Saint Louis Science Center and James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Missouri.

Employees of the local PPG industrial coatings plant in Mount Vernon, Illinois, requested support for teachers Kacy Franke and Michelle Murphy through a foundation program that encourages PPG employees to support educational initiatives in their communities. PPG Production Supervisor and Operations Engineer Nate Perkins, who sponsored Franke’s grant for the STEM family night, said, “I’m happy to support a night of fun science activities for students and their parents. It’s an excellent way for students to gain an appreciation of learning.”

During Kell Grade School’s STEM family night, 7th-grade student Katie Murphy, her father Jack Murphy and 7th-grade student Jacob Ware tackled tabletop challenges (above left), while 7th-grade students Regina and Sydney Donoho constructed cup towers (above right).

Kell Grade School students (directly above, from left) Dayla Johnson, Tabitha Sherwin, Raymond Fields, Arizona Sponsellor and David Head explored activities during their trip to the Saint Louis Science Center, which Murphy’s grant supported.

The PPG Foundation aims to bring color and brightness to PPG communities in the United States. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.

At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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Christina Campbell
Mount Vernon, Illinois, Plant