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Piedmont Donates 140 Pints of Blood

Pictured is Emily Kelly donating blood.

On November 17th, Piedmont held their annual blood drive, hosted by the local Red Cross. The blood drive was engineered by Mrs. Jill Messer and the Piedmont HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) chapter, and was a general success.  

The annual blood drive, an event that has been held at Piedmont for many years, was held in the old gymnasium this year. Each year, the local Red Cross comes to Piedmont and sets up their own equipment- a vast array of reclining chairs, needles, and various medical supplies.

The unique aspect of the school-sponsored blood drive is the opportunity it gives students to donate; any student and staff member that meets the age and health requirements can sign up to donate blood with parent permission. Times are staggered throughout the school day, and the drive is also open to the public.

This year over 150 Piedmont students were involved in giving blood at the blood drive, a number which resulted in 140 pints of blood donated to the Red Cross. Mrs. Messer, teacher of Health Sciences at Piedmont High School, told us that seventy of these students were first-time donors, a fact that she described as, “really awesome.” 

Sophomore Catherine DeBerry describes the blood drive as an “awesome opportunity.” When asked to elaborate, she tells us that, “it allows people who don’t have many volunteer opportunities readily available a chance to get involved.” And this is true. The blood drive allows students to connect to the “real world” through a structured, educational setting; they are not only told that they can make a difference, but they see the tangible effects of their actions in the results- in this case, the 140 pints of blood. As Mrs. Messer said, that’s really awesome.

Written by: Kristina Drye, Student Web Editor
Posted: Nov 30, 2010 by Donna Helms

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