By Hana Nakayama
On November 30, 2018, East High School held our annual blood donation drive. This is the 18th blood drive that we have done. Health teacher Mrs. Flaherty is in charge of the blood drive every year and said, “We have a goal to get 27 units of blood. The more we have, we get money for scholarships to give to students.” When students donate, money goes into a bank for student scholarships and 50 units of blood raises $250.
In 2018, they raised $500 for scholarships. Mrs. Flaherty chooses student recipients for the money they raise. Sannicka Thompson was awarded $250 dollars in scholarships for Lycoming College. The other student was Xavier Colon who also got $250 dollars for barber school.
If you want to give blood there will be another blood drive in January and another in May. The benefits of donating blood is you are helping three lives each time you donate because they are separating the blood into three components: red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Also sometimes you get a T-shirt when you donate, but this year it is a backpack and sometimes a gift card.
Also if you want the process to go faster you can download the Blood Donation App on your mobile device and do the rapid pass. The rapid pass contains the questions you would take on the computer when you come and donate. It is just 4 steps and takes 10 to 15 minutes. Just answer the questions, print, download, or email your rapid pass. For more information on the blood drives that happen in our school, talk to Mrs. Flaherty in room C103.