Community Engagement

Miami school outfitted with bright, joyful colors 

Miami school outfitted with bright, joyful colors 

Colorful Communities®, Education

Richmond Heights Middle School has faced a great deal of change in the past several years. When its principal Mrs. LaRhonda Donaldson stepped into her role in 2016, the Miami, Florida-area school faced district intervention for low-achieving academic performance.

Since this time, the school has taken on a major transformation, accelerating academic rigor and community growth for the more than 500 students who attend Richmond Heights. In January 2020, more than 100 PPG leaders and volunteers from across the globe picked up their paint brushes to partner with the school for the next colorful step in its revitalization.

As home to the 2020 Global Leadership Meeting COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project, fresh, inviting colors now embrace the students as they walk the halls, study in science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) classrooms, eat lunch and more.

According to Mrs. Donaldson, the visual transformation was exactly what the school needed to continue on its positive course. “The Colorful Communities project and the welcoming, positive environment it created will truly resonate in the way the students learn, engage and excel.”

Among the many walls, doorways and areas now adorning new colorful paint and uplifting murals, the impact of the fresh color stands out to Malesia Dunn, executive director, PPG Foundation and corporate global social responsibility.

“We wanted to create a special space for the students where they can feel confident, safe and comfortable,” said Dunn. “Color can play an incredible role in helping a young student feel positive and nurtured, all while giving them a sense of ownership in their space.”

To learn more about the project and see the colorful transformation, click here or view below. 


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