INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 22, 2010) — The Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Colts, announced that the lesson plans for the 2010-2011 Hoosier Horsepower Program are now available. The Hoosier Horsepower program, which features Colts tight end Dallas Clark as a spokesperson, provides standards-based lesson plans about biofuels and how they affect our state.
The program features a video contest which awards college scholarships to Indiana high schools students. For each catch Dallas Clark makes this season, the Colts will donate $100 to the program on behalf of Indiana's corn and soybean farmers. There are lesson plans, fun activities and Colts prizes for all grade levels. Additionally, teachers can earn grant money by participating in the program.
"I have always supported farmers and am proud of my involvement with the Hoosier Horsepower Program," said Clark. "Knowing that we were raising money for students and teachers made each catch even more exciting."
Last year's winning video was submitted by Edgewood High School Junior Shanea Hardwick, while Tagin Schultheis and Allison Ketchan of St. Joseph Middle School collaborated on the winning radio submission. Additionally, teachers Kari Roberts (Union County High School) and Nick Kaiser (St. Joseph Grade/Middle School) were named Hoosier Horsepower Agricultural Teachers of the Year.
"Our partnership with the Indianapolis Colts through the Hoosier Horsepower program has gone a long way to start a conversation with Hoosiers across the state about the benefits of biofuels to Indiana soybean and corn farmers, the state's economy and our environment," said Jerry Osterholt, a farmer from Roanoke, Ind. and chairman of ISA's biodiesel committee. "The educational component of Hoosier Horsepower had great reach into schools from kindergarten to high school with a program that was easy to implement in the classroom and exciting for both students and teachers."
Teachers and students can go to www.colts.com/hoosierhorsepower to learn more. For more information, contact Cathy Arthur at 1-800-735-0195.