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 24, 2014 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.
On average, a student who donates one pint of blood will save up to three lives. The American Red Cross supplies 40% of the nation’s blood supply. The Red Cross provides blood for patients in approximately 2,700 hospitals across the U.S.
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 scholarship to a senior because the Miami Trace High School chose to host three blood drives this year.
The September blood drive had 35 donors this year. Of those students, five students volunteered to donate double red blood cells. The success of the blood drive reflects the efforts of students, faculty, and staff which chose to serve their community.