PPG Foundation Partners with AdoptAClassroom.org, Provides Funding for STEM Learning, Exploration
PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced a partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for students in 10 middle and high schools in five communities where PPG operates.
Aiming to equip teachers with the tools they need to provide their students with an understanding of, and exposure to, the possibilities in STEM, the partnership provided grants to enhance each school’s STEM education programs and mark the recent Teacher Appreciation Week.
The grants reached more than 3,500 students at the following schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; Huntsville, Alabama; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Oak Creek, Wisconsin:
|-Benjamin Banneker High School|
-Camp Creek Middle School
-Southern Guilford High School
-Jackson Middle School
-McNair Junior High School
|-Columbia High School|
-Oak Creek West Middle School
-Schiller STEAM Academy
-Perry Traditional Academy
“We are inspired by the passion and devotion these teachers have to enrich the minds of their young students through STEM education,” said Malesia Dunn, executive director, PPG Foundation and corporate global social responsibility. “We’re proud to partner with AdoptAClassroom.org for a second year to provide students with the tools and programs they need to be successful.”
“The impact was profound,” said Vicki Ammer, Perry Traditional Academy teacher and grant recipient in Pittsburgh. “Students looked forward to hearing about what was planned for the grant and were engaged and excited. They looked forward to learning because, for the first time, they felt like they had access to some of the things students have at other schools.”
With the Foundation’s grant, Perry Traditional Academy was able to purchase a variety of STEM-related tools to benefit more than 100 of its students, which is nearly a third of the school’s student population.
The programs implemented by each school increased overall student engagement in STEM by 25 percent, according to AdoptAClassroom.org.
“In addition to student academic impact, the grants also have increased the morale of both teachers and students,” said Carolyn Aberman, chief corporate partnerships and marketing officer, AdoptAClassroom.org.
To learn more about how PPG invests in STEM education opportunities for students across the globe, click here.
PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested $16.2 million in 2022, supporting hundreds of organizations across more than 35 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields 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.
AdoptAClassroom.org believes every child deserves the tools and materials they need to learn and thrive in school. To achieve this, teachers are spending an average of $860 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms. AdoptAClassroom.org is a national nonprofit that funds PreK-12 teachers and schools across the U.S. to help equip more classrooms and students for success, and offset the financial burden on teachers. Since 1998, AdoptAClassroom.org has raised $65 million and equipped more than 6.4 million students across the U.S. 90% of all funded classrooms are considered high needs. The 501(c)(3) holds the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the highest transparency rating offered by Candid/GuideStar. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.
About PPG Industries
At PPG (NYSE: PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted for 140 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 $17.7 billion in 2022. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.
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Source: PPG Industries, Inc.