DES MOINES, Iowa -- The American Lung Association of Iowa and the Iowa Soybean Association are co-sponsoring the 2007 Iowa Biodiesel Essay Contest to provide an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the benefits of using cleaner burning, renewable fuels like biodiesel.

"The essay contest is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Iowa and focuses on how biodiesel affects human and environmental health," said Jessica Zopf, contest manager. "All entries must be at least 200 words long and be received at the American Lung Association office in Des Moines no later than May 1, 2007."

Each contestant will receive two collectable wristbands, one from the American Lung Association of Iowa and one from the Iowa Soybean Association. Three state winners for each grade will be awarded the grand prize of a $50 iTunes gift card.

For entry forms and more information, click on the "Iowa Biodiesel Essay Contest" box at Entries should be mailed to: Jessica Zopf, American Lung Association of Iowa, 5601 Douglas Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50310.

SOURCE: American Lung Association of Iowa via PR Newswire.