Park High School students to benefit from Colorful Communities project

Park High School students to benefit from Colorful Communities project
Posted on 06/21/2018

Students at Park High School will enjoy refreshed classrooms when they return to class this fall, thanks to new paint from PPG, which operates several PPG Paints stores in the Twin Cities. On June 20, volunteers from PPG, Andersen Corporation and the school teamed up to paint several classrooms as a part of PPG’s Colorful Communities program.

“We are grateful for the support of our local businesses, like PPG and Andersen Corporation, that allow us to provide beautiful workspaces for our students to collaborate and learn about science, technology, engineering and math,” said Park High School Principal Ginger Garski.

Students and teachers helped select paint colors for each room that will create bright and colorful learning environments. One of the spaces painted by volunteers was the school’s Inventor Space, a new makerspace that will provide students opportunities to use high tech tools in a collaborative, supportive and educational environment. The Inventor Space is funded, in part, by Andersen Corporate Foundation.

The Colorful Communities program, which is PPG’s signature initiative for supporting communities, aims to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. For this project, PPG supplied not only volunteers and paint products, but the company also donated $5,000 to the school to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives.

Local leaders including Senator Karla Bigham and Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey attended a check presentation ceremony at the high school on June 20 and toured the spaces being painted.