PPG’s New Paint for a New Start initiative transforms primary school in Hungary

05 September 2023

PPG has completed a colourful makeover at the Kispesti Erkel Ferenc Primary School in Budapest through its global New Paint for a New Start initiative, part of the company’s COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® programme. The project brought together more than 35 PPG volunteers, who spent two days redecorating the school’s ground floor with fresh colours and an inspiring mural.

PPG donated more than 170 gallons (648 litres) of HÉRA™ paint by PPG to support the project, including Héra Ceramic, which provides excellent rubbing resistance and washability. The color scheme was based on a palette especially designed for the New Paint for a New Start initiative.

The Kispesti Erkel Ferenc Primary School, which has more than 440 students and educators, was chosen in a popular vote by PPG employees for the project. The volunteers also completed an environmentally themed mural designed to inspire and educate students about sustainability. They were guided by Város, a group of professional muralists from Hungary.


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“The collaboration with PPG was fantastic – we could even choose the pattern that would go on the walls of the corridors,” said Katalin Maserné Drexler head teacher, Kispesti Erkel Ferenc Primary School. “One of the main objectives of the project was to create a beautiful and colorful environment for the children where they can feel more comfortable, and we believe that such a surrounding will inspire them to take better care of their environment.”

In the second year of New Paint for a New Start, PPG employees around the world volunteered their time throughout the months of June, July and August to transform more than 25 schools. Using PPG paint products and colour expertise, each project aims to create engaging spaces for students to learn and grow.

“This programme gives us the opportunity to think big,” said Istvan Miavecz, PPG General Manager Central Europe, Architectural Coatings. “We were thrilled that PPG is dedicating more Colorful Communities projects to schools. Our enthusiastic colleagues were not only responsible for selecting the educational institution for the New Paint for a New Start project, but also contributed with their volunteer work so that a building could once again shine in its former glory.”

The Colorful Communities programme, PPG’s signature initiative for supporting communities, aims to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Through the Colorful Communities programme, PPG’s committed volunteers contribute their time and PPG paint products to help transform community assets – from painting classrooms to bringing colour to a maternity ward and redesigning a playground. Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 470 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 8.2 million people in 50 countries.

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