PPG announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project at TEDA Nursery School in Tianjin, China. The project brought together nearly 30 volunteers from PPG’s Tianjin site, who spent almost 60 hours revitalizing and beautifying the school’s exterior.
In cooperation with the TEDA Charity Association, PPG provided more than $50,000 (approximately RMB 330,000) to assist with the project, including 93 gallons (352 liters) of SEIGNEURIE™ exterior paint by PPG.
The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and products along with financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world, such as in Tianjin, where PPG has a production facility and global coatings innovation center.
Established in 1999, the TEDA Nursery School is a local kindergarten offering health and arts education. Due to the school’s coastal location, its exterior walls were stained and faded from the sea breeze. The Colorful Communities project aimed to create a colorful, brilliant and refreshed campus environment for the school’s nearly 400 students.
“We are grateful to PPG for assisting in beautifying our campus,” said Wang Hong, headmaster, TEDA Nursery School. “Our teachers and children really like the graphics and colors designed by PPG, and the overall design fits well with the arts education that we promote. It allows our children to grow up in a warm and open environment.”
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. As the warmest color, orange is associated with happiness and liveliness and symbolizes the vitality and vigor of life. Combined with the building’s round corners, the overall design of the exterior walls resembles a book, suggesting opening a new chapter for a bright future for the children.
“It is a pleasure to participate in renovating the exterior walls of the TEDA Nursery School,” said Michael Fu, PPG operations manager, Tianjin plant. “We are very pleased to witness the changes brought to the campus with our products and our own hands. We hope our volunteer service can make the children there feel the brightness and beauty of life.”
“As a member of the community, we pay close attention to the education and growth of the future workforce,” said Cathy Yan, PPG general manager, corporate and government affairs, Asia Pacific. “Through our Colorful Communities projects, PPG brings together the resources of the company and the engagement of our employees to create a better environment for children and contribute to education innovation in China.”
The Colorful Communities program, PPG’s signature initiative for supporting communities, aims to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Through the Colorful Communities program, PPG’s committed volunteers contribute their time and PPG paint products to help transform community assets – from painting classrooms, to bringing color to a maternity ward and redesigning a playground. Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 330 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 6.7 million people in 42 countries.
PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested $13 million in 2020, supporting hundreds of organizations across more than 30 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.
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