WDC students roll up their sleeves for NHS blood drive
Wadena-Deer Creek High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) held a blood drive recently where students and staff rolled up their sleeves to help save lives, as well as establish a college scholarship fund.
NHS members Paige Hartman and Hope Theisen coordinated the blood drive as their community-service project for NHS. They pre-registered donors, recruited NHS members to help serve as “blood buddies” and assisted the American Red Cross’s phlebotomist team from St. Cloud.
The NHS blood drive’s goal was 50 pints and after the day-long blood drive on March 6 at WDC Middle/High School, they surpassed that goal with 55 pints!
“It’s great to see this kind of support from our students and to surpass our goal,” said Hope Theisen, co-coordinator of the blood drive. “We had several first-time donors, which is fantastic.”
The American Red Cross Blood Services is now inviting schools to participate in the “Young Minds Change Lives Educational Scholarship” program. According to Rachel Bounds, NHS co-advisor, the scholarship is based on the total number of pints collected at all of the school’s blood drives combined. The blood drives also need to include a certain percentage of donors under 30 years of age.
“This Red Cross program is promoting young donors who will hopefully continue to donate throughout their lifetime,” Bounds said.
WDC’s National Honor Society organizes a summer blood drive and two blood drives during the school year. So, far, they’ve collected 177 pints this year. The Red Cross donates $500 for each 50 pints, so NHS will be given a $1,500 scholarship.
In addition, Bounds said the students who organized the summer blood drive will receive a scholarship too. Community members can help by donating at WDC’s next blood drive, which will be held in August 2014.
“By doing so, they can help save a life and give a scholarship,” Bounds said.