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Students Give Blood to Save Lives

Blood Drive

On Friday, March 29, the gifted students program at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS), hosted a blood drive open to District students and staff. The drive registered 47 donors and collected 28 pints of blood that will save the lives of 84 local patients.

“The blood drives help us get out into the community and to know what it means to give back. I think that is a very important thing for high school students to learn,” said Emma Wolfe, a senior at CASHS. “The blood drive is a great way to help others, and it makes me feel really good to get to see all of my friends help out too.”

The CASHS blood drive was organized in coordination with the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank.

“We work with the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank because they have been really accommodating with our schedule and are able to bring the blood drive buses in during the school day,” said Jennifer Michael, AP/IB Coordinator and Gifted Support Teacher. The gifted student program has been coordinating the blood drive for several years.

“The blood drive gives me a source of community service and this is one event that I definitely like to do,” said Benjamin Crawford, senior at CASHS. “It’s nice to know that it is really helping others.”

Alexandra Brajovic, a junior at CASHS, stated, “I believe in the idea of leaving this world a better place than when you first entered it. Being able to encourage people to donate blood and help others makes me feel great.”

In addition to the blood drive at CASHS, the Franklin County Career and Technology Center (FCCTC) also held a blood drive open to both FCCTC and Career Magnet students that saw 17 donors give blood.

According to the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, each day in central Pennsylvania patients at area hospitals utilize between 275 to 300 units of blood and products derived from blood. Hosting blood drives or sponsoring the blood bank helps to save and enhance the lives of these patients.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank is a not-for-profit, community based blood program, committed to providing a quality blood supply, responsive to community needs, in a cost effective manner.

Gifted Students

Gifted student program blood drive coordinators. Left to right, back row: Max Strait, Ben Crawford, Sammy Haas, Sam Crawford. Left to right, front row: Emma Wolfe, Alex Brajovic.