Blood drive encourages students to give

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Blood drive encourages students to give

Poster in the cafeteria. Donation day is Thursday, October 5th.

Poster in the cafeteria. Donation day is Thursday, October 5th.

Poster in the cafeteria. Donation day is Thursday, October 5th.

Poster in the cafeteria. Donation day is Thursday, October 5th.

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During the month of October, blood is usually associated with vampires and festive ghouls. To others, it means something else entirely.

On Thursday, Oct. 5th, over one hundred students will take time out of their day to donate blood. This year, without the leadership class, the drive is being hosted by English teacher Alex Wertz and volunteers from the student council. 

Everyone has their reason for donating; some do it to benefit their community.

“My mother always told me to help wherever you can,” senior Sam McCoy said.

Other students see the blood drive as an opportunity to give back to people in need.

“I want to save lives,” junior Hillary Churchill

Approximately every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and these students are definitely making a difference. Most hospitals request blood type O, because it’s the most universal; regardless of what type is given, all donations are greatly appreciated. However, a person can only donate blood every 56 days.

Of course, there are benefits to donating blood beyond just personal reasons.

“If you donate a certain amount of blood, you get ropes to wear on graduation,” junior Alana Roy said.

According to the American Red Cross, if a student donates blood three or more times during their high school career, they receive an award through the Red Cord Honor Program. They do this to promote leadership and making a difference in your community.

There are even some students who prefer to look at the big picture.

“I do it because I love my country,” senior Connor Shattuck said. Patriotism motivates many students to help in any way they can.

Beyond a national scope, the act of donating blood is viewed by some as a way to be tied more closely to one’s community.

“It gives students a sense of civic pride, and I think that’s important,” Wertz said.

If you’d like to donate blood, the drive will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5th. Sign-ups are available in the commons during all four lunches.

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