According to Kenny Zhuang, PPG operation manager, migrant workers play an essential role in the development of the Jiading District of Shanghai, China, but they face quite a few challenges in regard to their children’s education.
At the Yuhong Primary School, located in the Jiading District, most of the students are from migrant worker families and studied in an outdated environment with limited access to educational resources.
With this in mind, volunteers from the PPG Jiading plant united to beautify the walls of the school as part of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project. Using colors from the “Be Well” PPG 2021 Palette of the Year, which represents optimism and nostalgia, the design theme is "Homes of Hope" and features graphics to depict the children’s homes. The use of green as the primary color represents new beginnings and the freshness of spring.
“We want to improve their school environment and enhance the learning experience for these children through beautification projects and the donation of teaching aids and medical supplies,” said Zhuang. “It is also our hope that through our support, these children can embrace life in a better way.”
As part of the Colorful Communities project, PPG also donated books; teaching aids such as whiteboards, earphones and portable hard drives; and COVID-19 control and prevention supplies, including surgical masks and antibacterial hand sanitizer.
“We’re grateful for what PPG has done to help renovate our school,” said Ye Hui, principal, Yuhong Primary School. “Students really love PPG’s graphics and colors. The design concept conveys peace and hope, inspiring students to enjoy studying and appreciate life.”
Cathy Yan, PPG general manager, corporate and government affairs, Asia Pacific, added, “Children are our future. By offering our help, we want them to feel loved and cared for and more motivated in their studies. PPG places great importance on education. We will continue to conduct more Colorful Communities projects on the school’s campus, fulfilling our purpose of protecting and beautifying the world.”
Learn more about the project in the video below.
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. Click here to learn more.