The project brought together 110 PPG global leaders as part of an annual global leadership meeting as well as 20 local PPG employees. The volunteers spent a combined 385 hours revitalizing the school’s outdoor science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education classroom, hallways, cafeteria and the library. PPG provided approximately $54,000 to assist with the project, including a $10,000 PPG Foundation grant and 100 gallons of PPG Paints products. Volunteers painted the facility with inspirational quotes and popular book characters in a palette of over 30 PPG Paints colors. The colors were chosen to create a bright, engaging space that encourages creativity, collaboration and learning.
“We are grateful for the support of socially responsible companies like PPG who are willing to roll their sleeves up to make a difference for our young people”, said Dale Mandell, CEO of HandsOn Miami. “Through collaboration and service, we are able to create truly meaningful impact in our community.”
A focal point of the newly-renovated school will be an outdoor classroom that brings STEM curriculum to life, providing educators an innovative way to teach hands-on STEM subjects. Because the school believes STEM touches all subjects, all teachers will be welcomed to utilize the area. In addition, they will use the garden area to promote sustainable living and healthy eating by growing fruits and vegetables.
“Improving a learning environment can help motivate, inspire and engage students,” said Victor Echevarria, PPG regional sales manager, Architectural Coatings. “Art and color are embedded in the Miami community. PPG is proud to contribute to this vibrant culture and give back to a school that needs it most.”