Approximately 126 students at Greece Arcadia High School recently signed up to donate blood to the American Red Cross.
Teachers Anne Ellis and Mark Busacco, along with a group of student council members, annually partner with the Red Cross to host a blood drive in April.
At the start of March, Arcadia’s student council spent a month recruiting and educating students about blood drives and donations. Students gathered volunteers, and handed out Arcadia sunglasses and T-shirts from the Red Cross. Interested students signed up to donate blood during the school day. The goal was to engage students in making a donation, as well as build leadership skills among the student council leaders.
Students sought to break the Arcadia donation record set in the 2005-06 school year, which was 91 pints of blood. This year, ARHS Student Council collected 74 pints of blood. Students were not discouraged nor disappointed of falling 17 pints shy of their goal. They said that, regardless of reaching the goal, Arcadia High School was able to help save approximately 222 lives.
Many students appreciated the opportunity to help save lives with the Red Cross. Several students who donated said they were proud to contribute to saving another person’s life.
By hosting a blood drive while school was in session, Arcadia provided the chance for its students to make a donation that may not have otherwise. Students, teachers and staff learned that 4.5 million Americans would die each year without blood transfusions, and that approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the U.S.