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Fairfield Community High School science-in-art projects funded by PPG Foundation


May 22, 2017 – PPG’s local industrial coatings plant in Mount Vernon, Illinois, helped to get a $1,000 Innovative Classroom Grant from the PPG Foundation to support science-in-art projects for Fairfield Community High School students in Art Teacher Natalie Hurd’s classes. The science and art materials purchased with the funding are providing hands-on lessons about solubility, matter, colloids, crystalline and amorphous solids, polarity, and more to 30 painting students.

Hurd said the projects help her teach students how to experiment with materials, tools, techniques and processes to enhance the communication of ideas through art and science.

Here, students (in photo on left, from left) Jade Colclausure, Lambri Moorse, Will Moore, Karah Nelson, Tayia Saniford, Shi Goff and Sarah Davis and students (in photo on right, from left) Nova Wheeler, Lucas Jasman, Amelia Taylore and Caylee White are learning about solubility by painting wax figures with watercolor paints.

The PPG Foundation’s Innovative Classroom Grants program encourages PPG employees to connect with their communities by supporting educational initiatives.

“It is wonderful to support projects that reveal how science and technology are incorporated into art,” said Chris Campbell, PPG Mount Vernon plant manager and PPG TRUEFINISH™ operations manager. “While technology is becoming a huge part of our lives, we must continue to stress the importance of learning the science concepts behind it.”

The PPG Foundation aims to bring color and brightness to PPG communities in the United States. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries 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 and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.

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PPG Media Contact:
Christina Campbell
Mount Vernon, Illinois, Plant