High schools in Yadkin County have helped to make sure that blood is available by sponsoring blood drives with the American Red Cross throughout the 2009-2010 school year.
The two events are set at Starmount High School from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 1, and at Forbush High School from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8.
In four blood drives, the schools collected a combined total of 569 units of blood. Because each unit of blood can help save or sustain three or more lives, the schools’ blood drives could have saved over 1707 lives.
At each school, Health Occupations Students sponsor the blood drives. The students recruit donors, supply refreshments for those who have donated and provide volunteers to assist during the actual drive. A lot of the students joined their classmates and faculty and gave blood at the blood drives.
This year the students have turned their blood drives into a competitions between the schools. Starmount and Forbush have challenged each other to bring in the most donors and units of blood. The school that brings in the most units and blood will receive a plaque and a pizza party for the winning Health Occupation Students Association pledge. The plaque will be a traveling award to go back and forth between schools after each blood drive. All alumni are welcomed to donate at their former school.