School rallies for donations

First-time blood donors West Spier, Aaron Marschall and Emily Adamson, pictured from left, chat at the snack table after giving blood at a National Honor Society sponsored blood drive at Caledonia High School. ~ Emily Bialkowski

First-time blood donors West Spier, Aaron Marschall and Emily Adamson, pictured from left, chat at the snack table after giving blood at a National Honor Society sponsored blood drive at Caledonia High School.
~ Emily Bialkowski

By Emily Bialkowski

Caledonia Argus

 

Leadership skills are a focus of National Honor Societies across the country, and here in Caledonia students are demonstrating their commitment to becoming peer leaders with a number of projects. Most recently Honor Society member Emma Lange sold her fellow society members on the idea of hosting a blood drive at the high school. “I kind of asked if they’d help volunteer, and they thought it was  good idea,” Lange said. “My family has been giving for a really long time, but I gave my first time last fall. After I had given once I was hooked. If you’re healthy enough and can give, why not?” Students with personal testimonials about how blood donation has touched their families were allowed to speak to their classmates during class time and helped wave the banner for the Feb. 27 event. The result was inspiring. The American Red Cross set aside 66 appointment slots for the first-time event, and the student body, along with staff and teachers, were able to fill them all. First-time donor Emily Adamson said she thought the great response was due, in part, to excellent advertising around school. “It got kids involved,” she said. “That was good.” Another first-time donor, West Spier, said hearing from his classmates was like icing on a cake. “I was going to do it anyway, but the convincing helped,“ Spier said.

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