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PPG’s New Paint for a New Start initiative transforms primary school in China

July 12, 2023

Project carried out in partnership with SAIC-GM Chevrolet

JINGMEN, China, July 12, 2023 – PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced that it has completed a colorful and transformative makeover at the Caochang Primary School in Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China through its global New Paint for a New Start initiative, part of the company’s COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® program.

Volunteers from PPG and SAIC-GM Chevrolet carried out a project to renovate the Caochang Primary School in Jingmen, China as part of PPG’s New Paint for a New Start initiative.

Volunteers from PPG and SAIC-GM Chevrolet carried out a project to renovate the Caochang Primary School in Jingmen, China as part of PPG’s New Paint for a New Start initiative.

The project was carried out in a partnership between PPG and automaker SAIC-GM Chevrolet, combining PPG’s Colorful Communities program with the Chevrolet Red Chalk teacher support program for schools in rural regions. The project brought together 30 volunteers from PPG’s Automotive Coatings office in Hubei and SAIC-GM Chevrolet, who worked together to renovate the exterior walls of the Caochang Primary School.

“We are excited to partner with SAIC-GM Chevrolet – both companies are really aligned in sustainability and corporate social responsibility,” said David Cui, PPG General Manager Greater China, Automotive Coatings. “Through this project, we aim to unlock the children’s creativity and imagination with the power of color and art while beautifying the campus to create a more comfortable learning environment. Looking ahead, we plan to carry out more projects that contribute to protecting and beautifying the world.”

Caochang Primary School is a rural school that serves seven villages with a total population of over 13,000; it is currently home to more than 470 students and educators. However, some of its buildings were becoming outdated, with the exterior paint fading and peeling off. The New Paint for a New Start project refurbished the facility to create a vibrant and colorful space using a color palette of sky blue and beige and murals named “Lighting up Dreams” and “Happy Sports.”

“I would like to thank PPG and SAIC-GM Chevrolet for their great help and support, as they have brought us such an inspiring color scheme and beautiful mural painting,” said Wang Haifeng, principal, Caochang Primary School. “These vivid wall paintings give the entire campus a new look. Not only can they improve the culture of our school, but they can also stimulate our children’s enthusiasm to learn and create and help to make their dreams come true.”

“PPG employees from every region are coming together once again to protect and beautify schools and learning spaces and inspire bright starts for students,” said Malesia Dunn, executive director, PPG Foundation and Corporate Global Social Responsibility. “For young students, every day is an opportunity for a new start to learn, grow and develop in a positive learning environment. We are aiming to help them start each day with a positive outlook and create joyful spaces where they feel supported and engaged.”

In the second year of New Paint for a New Start, PPG employees around the world are volunteering their time throughout the months of June, July and August 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.

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 470 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 8.2 million people in 50 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 $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. Learn more at communities.ppg.com.

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PPG Media Contact:
William Zhang
Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific
+86 21 6091 8352
william.zhang@ppg.com
www.ppgcommunities.com

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