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PPG Industries Makes a Splash with Support of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Literacy Outreach Program

PPG Industries Foundation awards Children's three-year, $150,000 grant to support literacy

On national Read Across America day, the PPG Industries Foundation and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation celebrated their literacy outreach partnership with an event that featured a special story for dozens of guests, books and other items for the guests and a visit from some unique animals from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

At the celebration on Wednesday, March, 2, 2005, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Chair and CEO, Ronald L. Violi, announced that Children's literacy program has received a three-year, $150,000 donation from PPG Industries Foundation. In recognition of PPG's support, Violi announced that the program will be renamed PPG Healthy Stories.

Read Across America day is a National Education Association project to celebrate reading.

The event to promote literacy was held at Children's Family Care Connection (FCC) Center in Braddock. Families from Children's FCC center joined in the celebration, where LeBoeuf read the story The Rainbow Fish. In addition to listening to the story, children made crafts and played games, including pin the scale on the fish. They also received gift bags that included books and tickets to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Some animals from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium also visited the guests, including a tenrec (similar to a hedgehog), a skunk, a kinkajou (honey bear) and a snake.

"The ability to read is a very special gift, and all of us from PPG feel very good that we can share it with others and help them achieve their full potential," said Raymond W. LeBoeuf, chairman and CEO of PPG Industries.

PPG Healthy Stories is now in its fifth year and has reached more than 4,000 kids. The program fosters language development and literacy by providing books to children and encouraging storytelling and listening skills. Among the many efforts of PPG Healthy Stories are the parent workshops that train adults how to promote literacy in their own communities.

"Children's is dedicated to the health and well-being of all children. The PPG Healthy Stories Program is an excellent example of what we are doing on behalf of the region's underserved children," Violi said. "This program has been successful in promoting literacy and education and we are grateful to PPG for their continued support."

Children's operates FCC centers in Braddock, Mt. Oliver, Oakland, Rankin, Turtle Creek and Wilkinsburg.

About PPG Industries Foundation
The PPG Foundation was established in 1951 to enhance the quality of life in communities where PPG has a presence and encourages employee volunteerism and executive involvement with nonprofit organizations. The strategic interests of the Foundation are prioritized as education, human services, cultural and arts, civic and community affairs and health and safety.

PPG Industries has been headquartered in Pittsburgh since 1883. It is an $8 billion global maker of coatings, glass, continuous strand fiber glass and industrial and specialty chemical products.

About Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Children's is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all children through excellence in patient care, teaching and research. As the only hospital in western Pennsylvania devoted solely to the care of infants, children and young adults, the hospital has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking eighth among children's hospitals (FY 2003) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health and ninth best pediatric hospital in the country by CHILD magazine in 2005.

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 400,000 visits to Children's and its many neighborhood locations each year.

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