Published: October 31, 2018
Published: October 31, 2018

Volunteers in Brno Revive Local Kindergarten

In Brno, Czech Republic, 75 colleagues volunteered their time to renovate a local run-down kindergarten. Kindergarten Pšeník was built in the 1960s but has since been left to grow dull. Both the outside and the inside were desperate for a fresh coat of paint – the school for 3-6-year-olds was described as ‘lacking color’.

For the COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project, our team of volunteers partnered with teachers and parents, using 300 liters (80 gallons) of donated BALAKRYL®, PRIMALEX® and SIGMA COATINGS® paint products. They had a big task ahead of them.

For indoors, Primalex Essence paint was used. Walls, doors, railings and chairs were painted using orange and yellow to brighten up the space. This product is easily washable with water for when the kids get dirt on the walls!

Flowers, Hopscotches, Sandboxes and More

After seeing the playground area, our employees knew it was necessary to build and paint new playground equipment. This included painting new hopscotches and repainting sandbox frames, benches, and other existing playground features. The kids now have more options for play time and can enjoy themselves to the fullest.

Elsewhere, a striking flower meadow was painted onto the building. The colorful addition replaced a gray exterior and the building is now recognizably a fun kindergarten. In addition, flowers and shrubs were planted by volunteers to form a safe barrier between the playground and the adjacent road.

I’m honored and humbled to see so many of our colleagues dedicating their time and energy into improving these children’s lives in such a substantive way. I’m both stunned and impressed by the impact PPG is making in its local communities, including ours.
Petter Frisell, PPG director, Brno Shared Service Center

Like A Brand New School

The impact on the community was astounding. Parents and teachers are happier than ever to attend the kindergarten.

I would like to thank PPG for brightening up our kindergarten. The grey and obtrusive building was transformed into a colorful place. Our children can play outside on the new playground equipment which was donated and painted by PPG volunteers. We can’t wait for the spring, when the new flowers will bloom.
Věra Boušková, director of Kindergarten Pšeník

The children were so happy with their newly decorated kindergarten that they organized an opening ceremonial show for its completion – according to their teachers, they can’t stop painting pictures of their “new” school!