PPG revitalises nursery school in Brazil as part of New Paint for a New Start initiative

02 August 2023

PPG has completed a colourful and transformative makeover at Carolina Ometto Pavan School in Américo Brasiliense City, Brazil, through its New Paint for New start initiative, part of the company’s Colorful Communities® programme.

The project brought together 90 PPG volunteers, who painted the school’s classrooms, playgrounds, corridors, façade and cafeteria using 245 gallons (930 liters) of  Renner™ Paints by PPG in a vibrant colour palette, including Vining Ivy, PPG’s 2023 Color of the Year. The internal playground wall received a mural with an environmental theme created by local artist Beto Ferreira.

“The school’s paintwork hadn’t been refreshed in nearly a decade and the classrooms were peeling and discoloured,” said Alexandre Marchiorato, Principal, Carolina Ometto Pavan School. “The New Paint for a New Start project transformed the environments, which became lighter, more relaxed and welcoming, contributing to students’ emotional and intellectual development.”

Thales Manzoni, PPG Production Leader, Latin América South, Industrial Coatings, and father of Clara, a student at the school, said participating in the Colorful Communities project was particularly meaningful. “Having the chance to witness how PPG’s colours transformed the walls of Clara’s classroom, and painting the entire location with my colleagues from the company was unforgettable,” Manzoni said.

During the months of June, July, and August, PPG is dedicating its efforts to revitalise more than 25 schools worldwide through the New Paint for a New Start campaign, now in its second year. For the campaign, PPG’s global colour experts developed an exclusive palette for school revitalisation, combining educational goals and considering factors such as students’ age and the influence of local cultures.

“PPG employees from every region are coming together once again to protect and beautify schools and learning spaces and inspire bright starts for students,” said Malesia Dunn, Executive Director, PPG Foundation and Corporate Global Social Responsibility. “We are aiming to help young students start each day with a positive outlook and create joyful spaces where they feel supported and engaged.”

Sustainability was also a key focus of the project. All the paints used were water-based, and the waste generated from the paint materials’ washing was collected for treatment in line with PPG’s best environmental practices.

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