PPG donates $10,000 to LeMay – AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM

Funding supports K-5 automotive education curriculum

This image shows a page from an elementary-level lesson made possible in part by a $10,000 grant from the PPG Industries Foundation to LeMay – AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM.
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 14, 2009 –
The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $10,000 to LeMay – AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM to support development of an educational curriculum for kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

The museum is dedicated to securing and interpreting the LeMay Collection – the largest private automobile collection in the world. The elementary-level education materials complement the LeMay museum’s charter to preserve and interpret the history and technology of the automobile and its influence on American culture, according to David L. Madeira, president and CEO.

"The support from PPG has helped us to establish an educational curriculum for kindergarteners through fifth-graders that is available for free through the museum’s Web site," Madeira said. "The program includes lessons in vocabulary, science, math and history, all focused on a ‘Cars in Your Classroom’ theme.”

The curriculum follows national educational standards and is divided into kindergarten-second grade, kindergarten-fifth grade and third-fifth grade lessons. Topics such as Car Words, Road Sign Scavenger Hunt, Cooperative Car Creations, Ramp It Up and Powered By Junk teach skills such as reading, listening, writing, comparing, creating, researching, measuring and investigating.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities in which it operates, including the automotive community, in which the LeMay museum plays a very important role,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation. “We are proud to support AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM in its effort to excite schoolchildren about learning by providing hands-on lessons that are both pertinent to cars and car culture and in accord with national standards for education in math, science and other subjects.”

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employee volunteerism and executives’ involvement with nonprofit organizations.

AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the LeMay Collection of automobiles and memorabilia, along with vehicles and artifacts it may acquire. The LeMay Collection was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest privately held car collection in the world. At its peak, the collection was in excess of 3,000 automobiles, motorcycles, trucks and other vehicles, plus more than 30,000 pieces of related 20th-century Americana. Plans are under way to build a brand-new museum campus in Tacoma, Wash., to feature 1,000 cars and memorabilia. More information is available at www.lemaymuseum.org.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.




K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications