Wednesday, December 12, 2001
The electric car program at Hood River Valley High School is getting started again. Math teacher Jeff Blackman, who spearheaded the program last year, has already signed up more than 20 students.
Last year, eight students built an electric car from scratch during the winter and participated in the PGE Electron Run race series -- traveling to compete against other high schools from around the state in six races during the spring.
Blackman said that with 20 students already signed up, there will be three teams; each one will design, build and race their own car. This year there also will be an all-girls team.
"The success of last year's team was not possible without the community's generous contributions," Blackman said. Last year, donations came from Mt. View Cycles, Napa, E&L Auto, Franz Hardware, Sailworld and Schlosser Machine Shop.
Blackman said this year's program will be helped greatly by a grant from the Lions Club. He and his students still need specific items donated, including a trailer to haul the cars, a generator, welder and hand tools to be used at the races. All donations are tax-deductible. Anyone interested in helping the program can contact Blackman at HRVHS at 386-4500 or by e-mail at: email@example.com
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