The EHS National Honor Society hosted their annual American Red Cross blood drive in the Activity Center on October 5.
While the Red Cross set a goal of 37 units, or pints of blood, NHS members surpassed that goal by collecting 42 units.
This was the fifth year for NHS to host a blood drive. KAY was the first high school club to begin hosting blood drives at EHS.
“The Red Cross had a need for more donations, and NHS needed an annual fall project,” Todd Miller, NHS sponsor said. “It’s been a rewarding project for the students.”
Students gained valuable experience in organizing a community event, advertising, recruiting donors, and scheduling donations. They practiced customer service skills as they greeted donors, checked them in for their appointments, escorted them to and from the various stations, and served them at the refreshment table.
Working alongside the Red Cross nurses, students saw first-hand what a career in that field would look like and could ask questions about what kind of education or experience would be necessary to pursue that vocation.
There are potential scholarships available for student groups that host blood drives as well. For each 40 units earned, the American Red Cross donates a $250 scholarship to the school for that year’s graduating seniors.
The blood drive was valuable for the donors as well. It was a good reminder that we are only a small part of a much larger world.
“It was a great way for people in our school to be part of something bigger,” Marissa Eaton, NHS President said.
As club president, Eaton was responsible for organizing the blood drive. It took about 20 hours to plan and organize the event and recruit donors. She handed out flyers and spoke to students and staff during lunch and launched a social media campaign asking people to schedule an appointment to donate. The convenience of the blood drive’s location was a good selling point.
“Staff and students could donate because it was offered at the school,” Miller said. “Some of them might not otherwise have had the opportunity.”
Donors must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between whole blood donations. The next blood drive offered at EHS will be sponsored by the Kansas Associate of Youth (KAY) on Friday, April 5, 2019.