PPG’s New Paint for a New Start initiative brings colorful makeover to Tri-Cities High School in Georgia

July 27, 2022

More than 70 volunteers gathered to bring student-designed murals to life.

EAST POINT, Ga., July 27, 2022 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) recently announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project in East Point, Georgia, that provided a colorful makeover for Tri-Cities High School as part of the company’s New Paint for a New Start initiative. More than 70 PPG employee volunteers joined representatives from educational non-profit Heart of America to paint a fresh coat of color throughout the school’s classrooms and hallways.

Student-designed murals were a focal point of the day, with participants using some of PPG’s most popular paint colors to bring their works to life. The halls of Tri-Cities High School will be on trend due to the use of PPG’s 2022 Colorful Communities Color Palette, which includes 2022 Color of the Year Olive Sprig (PPG1125-4), Golden Hour (PPG1214-6) and Juniper Berry (PPG1145-6).

In addition to PPG providing paint and sundries for the project, PPG Foundation will donate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) supplies for students to use in the coming school year.

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 East Point, where PPG employs more than 70 people in its production facility.

Tri-Cities High School serves more than 1,500 students in grades 9-12 and strives to transform its adolescent learners into college and/or career-ready citizens who are empowered to change the world.

“Tri-Cities High School is so grateful for the hard work that was put into this beautiful transformation today,” said Dr. Ethel Lett, principal, Tri-Cities High School. “Thank you to PPG, Heart of America and the volunteers from our community who graciously donated paint, products, STEM materials and time to give back to our community.”

The Colorful Communities project was supported as part of PPG’s newest initiative – New Paint for a New Start. With this program, PPG employees around the world are volunteering their time throughout July to transform more than 25 schools. Using PPG paint products and color expertise, each project aims to create engaging spaces for students to learn and grow.

“Through our global Colorful Communities program, PPG paint can make life-changing differences by protecting and beautifying special places in our lives, and East Point is that special place,” said Scott Bartlett, PPG vice president, Global Operations, Architectural Coatings. “The goal was to create engaging spaces for students to learn and grow, and I’m confident this team accomplished that.”

“Throughout July, we’re creating 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.”

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 nearly 400 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 7.4 million people in 42 countries.

About PPG Community Engagement

PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested $13.3 million in 2021, supporting hundreds of organizations across more than 40 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. Learn more at

About Heart of America Foundation

Heart of America transforms spaces into modern learning environments so that students and communities can learn and grow. The national U.S. nonprofit creates vibrant centers of learning with state-of-the-art technology labs, school libraries, athletic facilities, makerspaces, cafeterias and other educational spaces in under-resourced communities. Since 1997, Heart of America has transformed more than 800 educational spaces nationwide and has provided children in need with more than 4.3 million library and take-home books and vital technology. To learn more, visit   


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted for nearly 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 75 countries and reported net sales of $16.8 billion in 2021. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit

Colorful Communities, the PPG Logo and We protect and beautify the world are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


PPG Media Contact:
Tracy Gibson

Multimedia Files:

PPG’s New Paint for a New Start initiative brings colorful makeover to Tri-Cities High School in Georgia 6000 x 4000 jpg 6.77 MB