by Brianna Ozuna
On Tuesday Oct. 3, Student Council promoted yet another very successful blood drive—again, in the South Gym, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the American Red Cross, Pueblo students 16 and older were given the opportunity to participate by donating blood.
Senior Yamaika Romano said, “I wanted to help those in need. Our community is always in desperate need of blood.”
This particular blood drive is the first of four for this school year. The next drive is taking place in December, said Student Council advisor Ms. Kari Warner. She wants to remind students that they need to have parental permission (signature) if they are 16 or 17; 18+ year old students do not need parental permission but must still meet other requirements (height/weight ratio, no tattoos in the recent past, and other criterion—check out the Red Cross website for more information).
Red Cross Chair, Ms. Allissa Barone, said, “They [students] help our community in immeasurable ways. Their generosity is always deeply appreciated. Our donors at Pueblo are definitely heros.”
Pueblo students are not the only ones who rolled up their sleeves; teachers, staff and administrators did as well.
Ms. Hannah Yoder, a math and psychology teacher, said, “I donate blood as often as I can because I have type O-positive. It’s the most common blood type, so it’s always in demand.”
Pueblo’s Student Council Advisor was very pleased with the first blood drive of the school year.
Warner said, “We collected 43 pints today! Our goal was 35, so we are very excited with how well we did.”
She added that she will announce the next blood drive, schedule for some time in December, Warner said.