The grants highlight PPG’s commitment to the communities where the company has a presence and the foundation’s priority of increasing STEM educational opportunities for youth. The donations were made in 2018 on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business, which operates nearly 40 PPG PAINTS stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The foundation provided a $15,000 grant to Illuminate STEM to encourage, empower and equip more than 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students from underrepresented communities through industry-relevant STEM training and education.
A $10,000 grant to Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School supported the purchase of laptops, which will provide students with new learning opportunities involving coding, robotics and virtual experiences. Last July, more than 20 PPG employee volunteers completed a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES project to help revitalize the school’s library and cafetorium through the transformative power of paint and color.
“By providing our local youth with the tools they need to succeed in the sciences, we can help fuel their passions and foster new innovation in the fields of science and technology,” said Okey Maduka, PPG sales manager, architectural coatings, Dallas-Fort Worth