By: Brooke Mossbarger
Miami Trace students, age 16 and older, were eligible to donate blood during the first annual blood drive of the school year. The drive was held September 26, 2011 at the Miami Trace High School field house. Mr. Owens, the government teacher, promotes this event as a development of citizenship and cooperates with the Red Cross and the FFA in conducting the event.
The FFA will host this event three times this school year. A special recognition program was implemented to recognize students who donate blood three times during the last 365 days at FFA, or community blood drives, or who will donate a double red blood cell unit twice in the present school year. Red Cross cords will be awarded to seniors to wear at graduation if they meet the three donation challenge. The Red Cross is also offering a $250.00 scholarship to a senior because the Miami Trace High School chose to host three blood drives this year. Last year’s scholarship recipient was Brittany Griffith.
The September blood drive was just 1 donation short of its goal of 43 units with 42 whole blood donations. The success of the blood drive reflects the efforts of students, faculty, and staff which chose to serve their community.