Two local high schools recently received grants from Carter BloodCare for their work in hosting blood drives and other events throughout the year.
Cleburne High School received a $1,500 grant and Keene High School received a $500 grant as part of Carter BloodCare’s Great Grants program, which is given to public and private high schools ranging from $500 to $2,500 depending on their University Interscholastic League ranking.
The eligibility criteria for receiving a grant fall into two categories based on the school’s current involvement.
If the school currently hosts Carter BloodCare blood drives, they must meet the blood donor number goal; attend or host a Great Leader event; or host a minimum of three blood drives, with two during the school year and school hours. If the school is not hosting Carter BloodCare blood drives, they must host a minimum of two blood drives or achieve the blood donor number goal established with the Carter BloodCare consultant.
Blood drive initiatives at CHS are led by members of the school’s Interact Club, faculty sponsor Angela Fink-Carrizales said. Students can give blood starting at 16 years old, with parent permission.
CHS teachers and staff are also among the participants, she said. The Interact Club members plan to sponsor three blood drives this year.
“When we host blood drives it shows the kids that it’s important to give, when they can and how simple the process really is,” she said. “Sometimes the students want to give to help others, and this is one way they can do that. It also fosters a mindset to regularly donate.”
KHS Principal Chris Taylor said blood drives save lives.
“Any time I hear about an emergency surgery, I think about people that gave their time and their blood to donate,” Taylor said. “Our staff and our students benefit from knowing they performed a good act that could change the course of a person’s life.
“Donating something like our own blood fits in so well with the culture and the wonderful students we have at KHS. That is who we are.”
At graduation, he said they recognize any student who has donated a minimum amount of times with a red cord.
“Many students want to graduate with the donor cord as they walk across our stage,” he said. “Carter BloodCare makes it easy for our students to be a service to their community.”
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