School closes due to winter weather but blood drive goes on

January 21, 2011

Don't let the cold stop you from

warming someone's heart

Blood donations were already down because of inclement weather. The thought of more blood drive cancellations was enough to chill anyone to the bone.

On January 11, an incoming snowstorm prompted an early dismissal for schools in central Ohio, including Liberty Tree Elementary.

According to school district policy, all after-school activities were canceled or postponed. But the school was sponsoring a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. that day. Aware of the constant need for blood, second-grade teacher Erin Budic worked with Red Cross Senior Donor Recruitment Representative Jennifer Clark. They got the support of Principal Terri Caton, who sent emails to parents and guardians, stressing the important need for blood and  informing them that the drive would still go on for those able to travel.

Red Cross staff also called donors with appointments to confirm appointments for those who could travel safely. With the help of the community, school staff and second graders, warm hearts won out over brutal winter weather. The school’s drive easily exceeded its goal of 100 blood donations.

This blood drive is a part of the school’s Pay It Forward program, in which the second-grade students and teachers lead a school-wide effort to help the community. To the Liberty Tree Elementary School and community, paying it forward is very important, even if it means enduring bitter cold and snow.

Jennifer Clark cites the spirit of the school’s program, “Always pay it forward, because you can’t always pay it back.”

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