By: Maisie Stout
February 10, Student Council hosted the annual school blood drive. Student Council hosts this blood drive every year with hopes to help one senior receive a scholarship, and also to help improve the lives of sick people. Friday morning, Red Cross workers set up in the music building and prepared to take blood for the entire day. Student Council members worked shifts throughout the day; jobs included greeters, walkers, and snack distributors.
A list was put up in the office for students to sign up to come donate. In order to donate blood, you had to be at least 16 years old (if you were sixteen you needed parent permission). Many people from our school and our community came to give blood and help a worthy cause.
The process of giving blood is a lot more intense than one might assume. Donors had to be very clean and healthy in order to donate. Many people were turned away because of health issues, medications they may have been taking, or even just having trouble locating a vein.
The first part of the process of donating blood was signing up. Once a student signed in and read over a booklet of requirements, they were pulled back into a makeshift cubicle where they would be asked a series of questions on their health. After the participant answered the questions on a computer a volunteer would come over and confirm any misconceptions or resolve any issues. Then the volunteer would prick the donators finger to get their iron levels. Once everything was figured out, you were sent to another area of the Music room with beds. Here, you would find an empty bed and another nurse would come take your blood pressure and start to find a good vein. At this point, you would lay back and they would start the process of taking your blood. Though the process is the same for everyone, each student had a different experience.
Junior Carson Broom had a very “colorful” story about how his blood squirted onto a nurse’s face. Other than that, he had very good things to say about the experience.
“Pain is temporary but having the opportunity to potentially save three lives makes it all worthwhile,” Broom says.
Senior Isaac Sergent was one of the few students asked to donate a double amount of blood and was hooked up to a “double red machine.” His donation took a lot more time than other students because he was donating a lot more blood. Even though it was his first time donating he thought that it “went pretty easy” and hardly seemed phased.
Workers also had interesting things to say about the blood drive. For many people, it was their first time working a blood drive.
“I felt it was my civic duty as a class officer to help out,” junior (historian) Katelin Sinclair said.Lisa Hall, who is in charge of Student Council, says that she definitely thinks that the blood drive was successful. In order to receive a scholarship our school needed to donate 35 usable pints of blood, and they ended up with 38 pints. Over 50 people showed up to donate and even more showed up to help out behind the scenes.