Giving Blood, Giving Back

By Annalise Ginocchi and Isabella Cassano

Shenango students gave back to the community this month by participating in the blood drive. On October 10th, several students and staff members gave blood during the school day. Giving blood saves lives and is an easy way to contribute to the community.

Composition and Research teacher, Mr. Mayo, who facilitates the drive, donates all the time. “It’s a way to perform a community service, which benefits others. It saves lives…literally!”

Throughout the day, students took time out of their education to help others in need.  “My dad was in an accident and needed blood; they struggled to get his type so it inspired me to give,” noted one student donor.

To donate blood, there were certain qualifications that needed to be met. Students have to be at least 16-years-old and weigh at least 110 pounds. They were asked questions about their everyday life to make sure they were healthy blood donation candidates. They also have to eat and drink before and after donating.

Once they are deemed eligible, they have donators lay in the chair to give blood. Afterward, students must sit for at least 15 minutes or until they feel ready to stand Sophomore James Clark may have stood up too quickly because he almost passed out! “They made sit back down and eat some chips.  My friend Lauren laughed at me,” he recalled.

Senior Gavin Pagley summed it up best: “It’s an easy way to save a life. It’s a great way to give back to the community that gives so much to us.”