PPG’s New Paint for a New Start initiative transforms school for children with autism in Spain

25 September 2023

PPG has completed a colourful makeover at the Centro Concertado de Educación Especial El Corro, a school for children and young people with autism in Valladolid, Spain.

The project is part of the New Paint for a New Start initiative of its Colorful Communities® programme, and brought together more than 60 PPG employees, teachers and volunteers from the centre, who spent two days transforming the interior of the ground floor.

PPG provided US$38,500 (€35,000) to support the renovation, including more than 100 gallons (400 litres) of SEIGNEURIE™, BONDEX™, SELEMIX™ and DYRUP™ water-based paints by PPG. PPG experts chose a range of colours specific to the use of particular rooms, including vibrant shades in areas where more energy is needed, such as the activity room and softer hues in the classrooms and corridors. The volunteers also collaborated with local artist Nano Lazaro to create a mural depicting equity and unity represented by a circle of children.

The Centro El Corro is a pioneering educational center specialising in the care of students with autism spectrum disorder ranging from 3 to 21 years. The centre began operating in 1981, with the purpose of promoting the integral development of students through a specific and internationally endorsed teaching methodology.


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“Our children face a series of challenges and difficulties at a social and communicative level, to which is added an alteration in sensory processing,” said Concepción Galván, President of the Valladolid Autism Association. “This sensitive and socially aware project creates friendly spaces that our students will identify through colour and enhance the essence of the people themselves.”

“We are very proud of the enthusiasm and cooperation in this project and the synergy created with the Valladolid Autism Association,” said Alberto Palomo, PPG Plant Manager, Valladolid, Automotive OEM Coatings.

In the second year of New Paint for a New Start, PPG employees from around the world volunteer during the months of June, July and August to transform 25 schools. Using PPG coatings and colour expertise, all projects aim to create engaging spaces for students to learn and develop.

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.

Click here to see a video of the project.

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