On March 15th, 2017, students and community members gathered in the commons of Hermann High School to donate the gift of blood. Sponsored by the National Honor Society, high school students had the opportunity to gain points for their clubs through their participation. Students could bring in cookies, work the blood drive, donate blood themselves, or have someone donate in their name for points in the National Honor Society points system. The blood drive, along with all other blood drive sponsored by the school, is ran through the American Red Cross.
“I like giving blood because it’s one of the easiest ways to donate. Everyone has blood and so it is easy to give.” Sara Keiser (12), NHS Historian, said. “You’re saving someone's life and then you get to eat as many cookies as you like. It’s a win-win.”
Haley Hingst (11) was a first time donor at the blood drive. With her mother working in the medical field, however, she had been exposed to such events for as long as she can remember. “It was my first time [donating], and other than some light headedness, I felt good doing it for the betterment of society. It was like I was doing my own part.”
The blood drive brought in 81 pints, according to Keiser.