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Dow Corning donates desks and benches to benefit students of local school

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Nearly 250 students of the Zilla Parishad Prathamik School at Dhoksangvi village near Ranjangaon (in Pune, India) will now be able to study more comfortably, after Dow Corning, a global silicone leader, presented the school with 120 desks and benches.

Speaking on the occasion, Diane Kelly, Dow Corning’s India president said, “Providing desks and benches for the children to sit on is one of those small things that Dow Corning does that make a big impact. Being able to sit at a desk and study will positively benefit these children, and help them reach their full potential in the classroom”.

Nirmala Sonawane, the principal of the school commented, “We are happy that Dow Corning believes in giving to the community. Our village has had a good relationship with the company over the past few years, and our school-children have benefited from this mutual support.”

In the past, Dow Corning has supported the Dhoksangvi village school by providing them with a science laboratory as well as a library, and also by conducting regular Science Days for the children at the Dow Corning plant in Ranjangaon.

Dow Corning’s community relations activities in India

Dow Corning in India is active in the communities where we live and work – we have constructed anganwadis in the villages of Karegaon and Karde. In Karde, we also installed a solar PV system that provides electricity to the anganwadi, an adjacent village school and a community ground. We worked with the village school in Dhoksangvi to provide them with a laboratory and a library, and also conduct Science Days regularly for local school children and their teachers.

We also participate in the Mumbai Marathon to fund an educational NGO called ATMA, and work with Habitat for Humanity to construct low-cost housing.

In September 2011, as part of Dow Corning’s Citizen Service Corps, a group of ten Dow Corning employees traveled to Ujire (near Mangalore, India) to work with the local communities on projects such as improved methods for peeling areca nuts, sustainable energy solutions for under-served households, and enhanced processes for a garment making enterprise.

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® ( brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning’s global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock Semiconductor Group ( joint ventures, which includes Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C. Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began operations in 1961 and has announced more than $4 billion of investments since 2005.

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