Reaching a goal; School seeks 250 donors in blood drive

Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Stepping Up

STEPPING UP – Alvord ISD superintendent Randy Brown donates blood in December. Submitted photo

Alvord third-grader Kolby Flake needs only a few words to make a strong plea for others to donate blood in the school’s upcoming drive.

“We’re donating blood to people that need it,” Flake said.

Flake and Alvord Elementary’s 330 students will be trying to get as many people as possible to turn out for the school’s blood drive Feb. 16. Carter BloodCare will be at the school 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for donations. It will be the school’s second blood drive in three months. The school had 101 donors turn out Dec. 21.

“Our goal is 250. We need 149,” said Alvord Elementary Principal Bridget Williams. “Each year we’ve upped our goal by 50.”

This is the fourth year of the blood drive and the first time for the school to hold it over two days.

“It’s been an annual event in February. We decided instead of just one day to go for one gigantic goal and hold it over two days,” Williams said.

By the second year, the school had 150 donors. In the third year, the school reached 200. Tammie Klein, an Alvord Elementary teacher, said it was a record for Carter’s Junior Leaders program.

“We’ve broke our own record,” Klein said. “[Carter] uses our school in their big presentation about the Junior Leaders.”

Several students have brought donors to every blood drive, including fourth graders Brynlee Berend, Madison Pryor and Brooklyn Miller.

Miller said they are “saving lives.”

Every student that gets someone to donate in his or her honor receives a medal, certificate and as Berend points out a T-shirt.

The class that gets the most people to donate will get a pizza party.

Third-grader Cutter Hamilton had parents, sisters and an aunt turn out in the past. The blood drive is just one of the many community service projects this year for the school. Students gathered donations for Hurricane Harvey victims and also helped local charities Live Thankfully and the Wise County Animal Shelter.

“We do something every month,” Klein said.

Williams added it’s a continuing effort to develop strong community-minded citizens.

“We want our kids to be part of community service projects and find ways to help others,” Williams said. “It’s always good to help others because you may need help one day.”

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