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Student Council, Rock Bridge Reaches Out to host blood drive

Student Council and the Rock Bridge Reaches Out (RBRO) American Red Cross core will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the auxiliary gym. The blood drive organizers encourage students to make an appointment, which must be during their Alternating Unassigned Time (AUT), beforehand; however, they are permitted to show up after 8:00 a.m. to register and donate early. Student Council president senior Dalton Nunamaker plans on donating blood and encourages others to do the same.

Obviously giving to others, especially those in dire need, is always a wonderful thing to participate in and can really bring a community together,” Nunamaker said. “Especially at these times of catastrophe with the hurricanes and other deadly occurrences, the Red Cross needs support now more than ever.”

Like Nunamaker, junior Bennett Lawson hopes his peers show up to contribute even though he personally won’t be donating.

“I encourage others to come out and donate to help people in need. It is especially important now because of all the natural disasters this year,” Lawson said. “I have an extreme fear of needles staying in me longer that what is needed for a shot, so giving blood and IVs are some things that I’m not fond of.”

Students below age 17 need parent permission to give blood and can find parental consent forms in the Activities Office. In addition to the philanthropic benefit of participating in the event, the Red Cross is offering RBHS scholarship money to a student of Student Council’s choice depending on the amount of blood donated. If the school reaches its goal of 400 units of blood, that student can receive up to $3,000.

“I have organized my Red Cross members and Student Council leaders to help set up the event and contact Red Cross officials to coordinate the blood drive,” Nunamaker said. “Between Rock Bridge students and faculty and other community members, we believe we can top our previous totals of 250-300 units and go for 400 this year.”

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4 comments

Rachael Erickson November 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm

It’s so great that RBHS students are reaching out and trying to help other communities, as I think it’s important to lay the foundations of charity as early as possible.

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Melissa Carranza November 9, 2017 at 6:22 pm

my birthdate is just barely after the blood drive, which sincerely disappoints me. I have always wanted to donate blood since i was little and luckily once i turn 16 i definitely will.

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Ethan Hayes November 9, 2017 at 10:26 am

That was my first time giving blood and I was so scared I had no idea what to expect!! But the nurses there made it a comforting and exciting experience for me, even though I am deathly afraid of needles.

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Bailey Stover November 8, 2017 at 8:24 pm

I am glad to see our school working with the community to support such a great cause. It’s interesting that STUCO is going to offer a scholarship to a selected student because of the drive, I’ve never heard of that happening in years past. I hope they were able to reach their goal, and think it’s a really cool way to involve the student body with organizations that can help on a national and global scale. This is especially important during times of crisis, so the timing of the drive will be highly beneficial to those in need.

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