PPG to Complete Over 25 School Makeovers in July


Last week, global coatings manufacturer PPG announced that it was planning to complete over 25 school makeovers through its New Paint for a New Start initiative.

“Throughout July, we’re creating opportunities, fresh starts and new beginnings with revitalized spaces to celebrate students and educators and help students feel excited, supported and ready to learn,” said Malesia Dunn, Executive Director, PPG Foundation and Corporate Global Social Responsibility.

“As students and teachers embrace in-person learning after the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years, we have identified educational spaces in need of a bright and beautiful refresh, and empowered our employees to carry out those projects.”

Reported to be a part of the company’s Colorful Communities program, the schools will be painted throughout the month of July by PPG employees across every region. According to PPG’s press release, more than 1,000 employees and volunteers will dedicate their time to transforming classroom environments to serve local students using PPG paint products and expertise.

Each project aims to create engaging spaces for students to learn and grow. The most transformative projects are slated to use a single global color palette selected by PPG color experts.

“PPG understands that color can enhance learning and create spaces where students feel comfortable and encouraged,” said Kiersten Lent, PPG Color and Design Manager, Architectural Coatings. “We carefully selected colors that pair with the learning objectives for each classroom while considering factors that include students’ ages and local, cultural influences.

“The palette includes Olive Sprig, which is the 2022 PPG Color of the Year, or regional colors inspired by it to create a soft, flexible basis for any educational environment.”

As part of the project, PPG and the PPG Foundation will also be supplying several New Paint for a New Start schools with funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) supplies. The classroom makeovers are expected to cost nearly $1 million and will be funded through PPG and the PPG Foundation, in addition to STEM grants.

“Building better, brighter communities often starts with students,” said Henrik Bergström, PPG Vice President, Architectural Coatings, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Australia and New Zealand, and New Paint for a New Start executive champion.

“We know that many students around the world face educational inequities. When we see outdated classrooms in disrepair, we see our role in creating inspiring spaces that are equipped with the right resources so every student can learn and thrive.”

Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 386 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 7.4 million people in 42 countries. In 2021, PPG invested $13.3 million to support hundreds of organizations across more than 40 countries.

Colorful Communities Projects in 2021

Throughout 2021, PaintSquare Daily News covered several of PPG’s Colorful Communities projects. In May, it was reported that PPG had completed a program project at Yuhong Primary School in the Jiading District of Shanghai, China.

The Yuhong Primary School educates more than 170 students with a staff of 10 teachers. According to PPG, the school’s beautification is a step create a colorful and engaging environment for the children.

According to PPG, the event brought together 30 volunteers from the PPG Jiading plant, who spent more than 70 hours working on the school’s walls. The company provided more than $45,000 to assist with the project, including 195 gallons of Seigneurie exterior paint by PPG. (The company also donated books, teaching aids and COVID-19 control and prevention supplies.)

Colors used for the project were from the “Be Well” 2021 Palette of the Year, which aimed to represent optimism and nostalgia. The use of green as the primary color aims to represent new beginnings and the freshness of spring.

In September, PPG completed the TEDA Nursery School in Tianjin, China. Established in 1999, the TEDA Nursery School is a local kindergarten of almost 400 students that offers health and arts education. Due to the school’s coastal location, its exterior walls were stained and faded from the sea breeze.

For the project, PPG brought together nearly 30 volunteers for almost 60 hours to revitalize and beautify the school’s exterior. Completed in cooperation with the TEDA Charity Association, PPG was reported to have provided more than $50,000 (approximately RMB 330,000) to assist with the project and 93 gallons of its Seigneurie exterior paint.

Featuring an orange tone and a minimalist design, the refurbishing project used different saturations of colors to echo the orange hue of the original exterior walls and achieve an integration of colors. This decision, combined with the building’s round corners, PPG reports the structure’s exterior walls now resemble a book, suggesting opening a new chapter for a bright future for the children.

That same month, PPG completed a Colorful Communities project at the Maison de l’Enfance et de la Famille du Valenciennois in Artes, France.

For this project, roughly 50 PPG volunteers spent 200 hours beautifying the public shelter, which cares for children ages 8 to 13 placed by the child welfare system. The shelter is managed by Etablissement Public Départemental pour Soutenir, Accompagner et Eduquer.

To support the project, PPG contributed $60,000 (51,000 euros), including 66 gallons (250 liters) of Peintures Gauthier paint by PPG. The company further reported that Bleu Oman, a bright blue hue, was used in the bedrooms to promote sweet dreams, while Jaune Klee, a vibrant yellow, was applied to the building’s hallways.

And in November, PPG announced the completion of its second Colorful Communities project in Tianjin, China. For this project, located at the Guardian Angel Autism Rehabilitation Center, more than 40 volunteers from PPG’s Tianjin site worked together for nearly 150 hours revitalizing and beautifying the center’s interior. According to reports, the Guardian Angel Autism Rehabilitation Center cares for nearly 20 autistic children and was established in 2011.

Completed in a theme PPG calls “love and security,” the crews refinished the center’s lobby, multi-function room, reading corner, music classroom, gym and other interior spaces. The design, which focused on natural scenes, included sky and clouds painted on ceilings and walls to create a sense of three-dimensional immersion.

PPG reports that the company provided more than $111,755 in products and services to assist with the project, including 685 gallons of Seigneurie exterior paint. In addition, PPG donated books, laser color printers, learning tablets, vertical electric heaters, bookshelves, tables, chairs, children’s self-balancing vehicles and other teaching aids and supplies.

Other Recent PPG News

Most recently, PPG announced a multi-year parks alliance agreement with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

Through the agreement, PPG is recognized as the Official Paint of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, as well as the Official Paints, Finishes and Coatings Provider of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

According to PPG’s press release, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products provides a myriad of opportunities for color enthusiasts and painters alike to bring dreams to life for all who visit Walt Disney’s magical destinations. Not only will PPG’s coatings be utilized to bring pops of color to the facades of some of the most famed streets in Florida and California, but protective coatings will also protect the spaces where guests eat, play, stay and relax.

A wide variety of PPG paints and coatings products are on display throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, including:

  • PPG Pure Performance: an interior latex paint, formulated for hiding and with zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This coating has been used at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction at EPCOT and on surfaces inside Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction at Disneyland Park;
  • PPG Acri-Shield Max: an exterior paint that can be found on surfaces throughout Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, and on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience; and
  • Matthews Paint: a total PPG paint solution for attractions exposed to the elements and exterior facades. This coating has been applied on various surfaces spanning Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Other PPG coatings brands have also been applied at Disney locations and over 30,000 unique paint colors were developed by the company to enhance guest experiences.

To learn more about this multi-year parks alliance agreement, visit www.ppgpaints.com/disneyparks.


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