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PPG Industries Foundation Celebrates “Read Across America” Day with Contribution to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Donation will support Healthy Stories Literacy Program at Children’s

The PPG Foundation presented a $50,000 contribution to support “Healthy Stories,” the literacy outreach program of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Raymond W. LeBoeuf, chairman and chief executive officer of PPG Industries, presented the contribution to Children’s Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald L. Violi on “Read Across America Day,” a project of the National Education Association. The event was held at the PPG Aquarium.

“PPG and the PPG Foundation are proud to partner with Children’s Hospital to bring the joys of reading to hundreds of children in our community who are a part of Children’s Family Care Connection Centers,” said LeBoeuf. “PPG and the PPG Foundation take great pride in our tradition of enhancing the quality of life in communities that sustain our company and contribute to its success.”

According to Violi, Children’s literacy program fosters healthy language development and literacy by providing books and encouraging storytelling and listening skills. “Children’s Hospital is well known for its world-class medical and research capabilities, but our Healthy Stories program proves that we do a lot more than heal sick and injured children,” he said. “It is our firm belief that literacy and knowledge are very important to the well-being of all children.”

Similar to the “Read Across America” event, which promotes and invites children to read in the company of a caring adult, Children’s literacy program teaches children to read, provides free books and encourages storytelling through workshops for parents and adults all year round.

More than 100 children and adults from Children’s Family Care Connection Centers joined in the contribution celebration at the PPG Aquarium where LeBoeuf shared the story Swimmy, by Leo Lionni. Swimmy meets up with a school of frightened fish and uses his creativity to show them how to work together to outsmart the big fish in the sea.

In addition to reading the story, young guests at the event were treated to a visit of the PPG Aquarium and each received a bag filled with books to take home.

The PPG Foundation contribution will be made through the United Way’s partnership program for targeted support. 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.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 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. This recognition includes being listed as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by the U.S. News and World Report and ranking seventh in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health.

Melanie Finnigan,, 412-692-5016, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Wendy McAfoose, 412-434-3099, PPG Industries

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June 17, 2008
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Last Update
June 17, 2008