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Giving Back

Many students saved lives by giving blood at the PRHS Fall Blood Drive.

History has always portrayed pirates as ruthless deceptive people who steal and cheat; but the pirates at Porter Ridge High school would much rather give back, as shown from the 2010 Fall Blood Drive.

The blood drive, organized by PRHS’s Interact Club, with some help from HOSA, took place Friday, Oct. 29 in the school’s auxiliary gym. At the end of the day PRHS collected 171 units of blood which has the ability to save 513 lives.

“I remember the first blood drive the school ever had,” reminisces Susan Barber, the Donor Recruiter Representative for the Red Cross. “It was held in the auditorium and the school only collected 60 units. Now Porter Ridge has one of the most well organized and successful blood drives in all of Union County.”

Due to the success and organization of the blood dive, many were persuaded to give for the first time. “I wasn’t all that nervous for my first time giving blood,” states Jordan Graham, a senior. “It was kind of a spur of the moment decision and I didn’t really know what to expect, but it wasn’t too bad, it definitely hurt more than a shot though.”

Overall, those who gave shared a pleasant experience. “I’ll admit it was painful” says Megan MeGuire, a junior and second time donor, “but it was worth it knowing that with this simple act I could save someone's life.”

With such positive feed back, Barber hopes the students will become regular donors as well as encourage others to do the same.

Written by: Josephine E. Mendez, PRHS Student Staff Editor
pictures by Renee Gorman, PRHS Yearbook Photographer
Posted: Nov 08, 2010 by Ms. April Dawkins

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