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Student Council hosts the second blood drive of the year

On Thursday, Mar. 8 there was a blood drive ran by the Student Council. This was the second blood drive of the school year. During the first blood drive on Nov. 9, 2017, STUCO accomplished their goal of donators with 60 points and were recognized at the Kansas City Community Blood Drive ceremony.

 

Both students and staff members came out ready to donate blood and expressed why they wanted to donate.

 

“I think it’s important for all those people that need the transfusions,” said Student Naturalist and Biology teacher Andrew Miller. “It’s important to be able to provide for people that are in need of blood.”.

 

Students had similar reasons behind why they donated.

 

“You can save a life if you donate blood and I wanted to give back to the community,” said sophomore Uriel Ibarra.

 

Not just anyone can donate blood; there is a certain height, weight, and age restriction to prevent those who could not safely donate blood from doing so. However, many who already donate blood highly encourage others who are able to donate.

 

“I realize how many lives it impacts and on a daily basis how many people need blood,” said Miller. “If you’re 16 and able to donate then you should definitely do it for the people that aren’t able to do it or need the blood.”.

 

There are also other reasons that can prevent people from donating.

 

“I went to Mexico last summer,” said Junior Emmy Diaz. “Last year I tried to donate blood, and they were like, ‘well if you’ve been to this part of Mexico then you can’t’, and it just so happens that [I] passed through. I just wanted to be safe, so I didn’t.”

 

Blood drives are hosted annually and almost anyone age 16 years old or older can donate. 

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