Posted Date: 11/09/2020
CHS students sponsoring the blood drive for the American Red Cross stood by their peers and helped them through the process, providing water as they checked in, a hand to hold, conversation to distract them and an arm to lead them to a table where snacks and juice waited for them.
The Chanute High School gymnasium was busy all day at the event sponsored by (HOSA) the Health Occupations Students of America chapter.
This year only students and staff could donate, due to COVID, but they managed to fill the slots without opening it up to the public.
“We filled every spot and actually started a waiting list,” said Mandy Duling, “and we’ll have teachers come in and donate so that will add to it.”
The goal last year was 48 and they collected 55 units of blood. Both years attracted a large number of first-time donors, including interim high school Principal Matt Koester.
“I wanted to participate in an event that our students were hosting,” he said afterwards. “It went very well and I really enjoyed the students asking questions of the workers and really learning through the process. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn and for our students and staff to give back.”
Duling and Tonya Frederick teach the science classes for the health occupations pathway at CHS. The blood drive is a service project for HOSA and a natural outreach for the students interested in a health occupation.
The two have a friendly competition about who can give blood faster and they included their students this year.
“It took me five minutes and three seconds to save three lives,” Duling said as a challenge to Frederick whose turn hadn’t come yet. Before it did, junior Jacelyn Catron spoke up from a nearby bed.
“I beat Duling,” she boasted, filling her unit in four minutes and two seconds.
The day ended on a positive note.
The Red Cross was able to collect 53 units from the donors at the high school. The goal was 51, Duling said, so the goal was met.