Blood drive held at Wellsville High

Wellsville High School senior Skyler Hamilton, 17, gives blood during the high school’s blood drive on Monday. Vitalant phlebotomist technician Jordan Russell explained the process as she prepared Hamilton, who said she had given blood before. (Photo by Julie Riedel)

WELLSVILLE — The high school held its first blood drive of the school year on Monday. Every year the Y Teen club hosts two blood drives, one in November and a second in March.

The Y Teen Club is a community service club, advised by 11th and 12th grade English teacher Carissa Wilcox. Wilcox has advised the club for nine years, and taught at Wellsville for 12 years.

“People should give blood if they can, it’s a good way to give back to others and the blood drive is a good way to show students the importance of giving blood,” said Wilcox.

Wilcox reported they had 47 people register for the drive and 32 people had donated by noon. She predicted 45 people will have donated by the end of the drive.

Vitalant was the origination that came to the school for the drive. Wilcox said she likes the organization because they keep the donations local. The blood collected during Monday’s drive was going to a blood bank in Pittsburgh. According to the organizations website, “Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit transfusion medicine organizations.”

After the March blood drive, Vitalant will provide the school with a scholarship based on the number of donations from the two blood drives. Last year the school received a $1,500 scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to the Y Teen senior who had the highest number of donations during their four years of involvement with the club.

The blood drive was open to the community, and students age 16 could donate with parental permission and students 17 and older could donate without parental permission.

“We try to convey to students to be good to others and to give back. With the blood drive we can show the kids how it saves lives and it could help someone in their community,” said High School Principal Coy Sudvary. “We appreciate everyone who donated.”

The next blood drive will be Wednesday, March 11 at the high school.



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