Memorial High School Students Honored by Red Cross
Memorial High School of Eau Claire, Wis. was recently recognized by the American Red Cross for their leadership in hosting two annual blood drives that exceeded their established goals. Red Cross President and CEO, Gail McGovern presented a Star Award to students at the North Central Blood Services Annual Meeting in June. “These kids are awesome,” said McGovern. “I am truly proud that these kids are dedicated donors at such an early age,” she said.
Memorial High School has received $2,500 in scholarship dollars for students. This is part of the Young Minds Change Lives Educational Scholarship Program that reinforces the importance of youth blood donations. High schools participating in the program can earn scholarship money for post-secondary education. The Red Cross awards scholarships based on the number of blood donations at high school blood drives throughout the school year, and school representatives then determine how to award the scholarship(s).
“The students work to make the most of their drives, with a goal to keep our collection staff hopping the entire drive,” said Cory Miller, Donor Recruitment Representative in the North Central Blood Services Region. “The National Honor Society and Student Council groups coordinate the school drive and take complete ownership of it. They make it fun and take it a step further by soliciting support through food donations from local businesses.”
Memorial High School is holding their next blood drive on October 7, 2011. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative, and A negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.