Published: October 09, 2017
Published: October 09, 2017

Primary Schools Bursting with Color in Birstall

Our COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ initiative has proved itself yet again, this time benefiting two Yorkshire Primary Schools with a colorful redecoration and makeover.

More than 50 volunteers from PPG’s Architectural Coatings plant in Birstall transformed local Birstall Primary Academy and Fieldhead Primary Academy schools as part of its Colorful Communities campaign. PPG provided around 330 litres of its JOHNSTONE’S® Trade paint products to assist with the project.

The volunteers worked tirelessly over the course of two weeks, to provide a colorful and refreshing transformation in time for the new school term. Planters, fences, play equipment, seating and an amphitheater were all painted and redecorated by the superb volunteers.

To commend the wonderful efforts of everyone involved, an official opening ceremony was held. Over 200 students, parents, staff and VIP guests including Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Christine Iredale and MP and Shadow Minister for Early Years (Batley & Spen), Tracy Brabin were present. A colorful Brazilian percussion band kicked off the celebrations and children were invited to get involved, playing alongside the band and starting the new term with a bang!

Andrew Riley, senior business manager of both schools, commented with excitement that:

PPG’s staff have totally transformed the look of our playgrounds – the children, staff and parents love the final look. This is going to make such a huge difference, not only to current students but also the future students of Birstall and Fieldhead Primary Academies. It is great to see a worldwide renowned company giving something back to the local community. It is an amazing gesture and we are all hugely grateful for PPG’s efforts

The new look includes a revived playground, newly decorated with playground markings. As well as many areas of the outside learning space, the amphitheater has been restored and renewed, shining a brighter light on student engagement and interactive learning.
We are thrilled to have had a huge number of our staff volunteering for this project – it was wonderful to see the children’s faces on their return to school. It been a real opportunity for our staff to give something back to the community
Veronica Horsfall, communications manager, Architectural Coatings UK and Ireland