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Joins Creative Coalition, American Federation of Teachers

Joins Creative Coalition, American Federation of Teachers
at 2005 Spotlight Awards for Teachers Making a Difference

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2005 - Bringing its cutting-edge display and optical storage technologies to the nation's public schools, LG Electronics USA, Inc., has joined forces with The Creative Coalition and American Federation of Teachers as high-profile public school alumni honor outstanding teachers who influenced their lives.

Together with Creative Coalition Co-President and actor Joe Pantoliano, actress Phylicia Rashad, actor Steve Buscemi, and screenwriter Antwone Fisher, LG Electronics is providing advanced technologies to the six public schools being honored today during the 2005 Spotlight Awards for Teachers Making a Difference at the Washington Hilton.

A long-time technology partner with The Creative Coalition, LG is donating its award-winning L1980Q LCD monitor and GSA-5163D external 16X Super-Multi DVD writer to each of the six schools. The Hollywood alumni and their public school teachers honored today are:
- Joe Pantoliano, Cliffside Park High School, Cliffside Park, N.J., Donna Regan
- Steve Buscemi, Shaw Avenue School, Valley Stream, N.Y., Carl Riccobono
 Antwone Fisher, Parkwood Elementary, Cleveland, Ohio, Brenda Profit
- Phylicia Rashad, GBM Turner Elementary School, Houston, Vivian Harrison, and Contemporary Learning Center, Houston, James Harrison
- Lawrence O'Donnell Jr., Canyon Charter School, Los Angeles, Calif., Doug Stoll

"LG Electronics has been a loyal supporter of The Creative Coalition and our programs. LG's participation in the 2005 Spotlight Award for Teachers Making a Difference illustrates their commitment to doing well by doing good," said Robin Bronk, executive director of The Creative Coalition.

Ideal for classroom environments, LG's'-inch FLATRON 80-series LCD monitor is a sleek and stylish, yet functional display. Its revolutionary design enables the LCD to rotate 180 degrees and bend backwards, allowing the image to be viewed in either landscape or portrait format. With the installation of included software, the unit has the ability to recognize and adapt the image on the screen to rotate and reformat to fit the angle of the monitor, ideal for classroom presentations and teacher-parent conferences.

The'-inch display, both PC and MAC compatible, is the world's slimmest monitor, folding flat to an incredible 66mm. With a bezel measuring only 22 millimeters, the 80 series can gracefully adapt to a multitude of educational situations, work spaces and computing needs. At the core of the LCD display is LG's proprietary f-ENGINE technology -- the world's first LCD picture-enhancing chip, designed to adjust brightness and contrast independently of each other, resulting in the most true-to-life images available in the LCD category. In addition to f-ENGINE, the monitor offers Forte manager for convenient brightness and color control, as well as AutoPivot and AutoMirror features, which automatically adjusts images when the display is flipped or rotated.

The new 16x Super-Multi DVD writer is perfect for schools with advanced storage needs -- allowing administrators, teachers and pupils to back-up MP3 files, videos, digital pictures or any large files at speeds 30 percent faster than before. LG's new Super-Multi drives give users the ability to read or write in all three DVD formats -- DVD+R, DVD-R and DVD-RAM. Equipped with the latest Double Layer writing technology, LG's new 16x Super-Multi series pushes the limits of data storage, offering users an impressive 8.5GB capacity. LG Electronics is the largest optical storage manufacturer in the world and leading supplier of drives in the United States.

At today's event, O'Donnell (The West Wing, The McLaughlin Group) moderated a lively dialogue between the teachers and their former students whose lives they impacted. The event was capped by the presentation of the 2005 Spotlight Awards for Teachers Making a Difference before more than 2,000 teachers, where LG presented its monitors and disk drives to the schools.

Earlier in the day, LG Electronics executives joined the alumni and teachers at a luncheon at Le Paradou presented by Platform Learning and hosted by Washington Life magazine. Additional special luncheon guests included Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), CNN's Dana Bash and Bob Franken, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift and journalist Helen Thomas.

The Creative Coalition is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan, social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in'89 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating and mobilizing its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, arts advocacy, and runaway production. Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Creative Coalition ( does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.

The American Federation of Teachers represents 1.3 million teachers, paraprofessionals and other school related personnel, higher education facility and staff, healthcare workers, and state and local government employees.

LG Electronics USA, Inc. (LGEUS) is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $38-billion global force in consumer electronics, information technology and communications products. LGEUS comprises four core business areas: mobile phones, consumer electronics, home appliances and information technology products, all marketed under its "LG: Life's Good" theme. For more information, please visit