“The members stayed after school to organize everything, said Miranda Ritter, senior NHS member. “We came up with our theme and made posters and flyers to post around the school. We also worked to organize the event, and it ended up being a huge success.”
During the weeks of hard work and preparations, the National Honor Society gathered a list of students who wanted to donate their blood. To donate, a person must be at least 16 years of age and meet the standard weight minimum associated with their height. The eligible students were allowed to sign up during the lunch period at school. The results were outstanding — more than 60 students signed up to donate.
After all the posters and prep work were done, the blood drive finally took place on Oct. 5. The members of the National Honor Society arrived at the school at 6 a.m. to help the Red Cross workers set up. After a few hours of hard work, the blood drive was ready to go.
The blood drive was held in the Grand Valley High School gymnasium starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. The NHS members helped run the drive smoothly. All of the students who had volunteered came down at their scheduled time and were run through a variety of tests before they could donate. Not all of the students could donate, but those who could were excited. “I was happy that I was able to contribute,” said senior Chelsea Fernandez. “It was well worth an hour of my time. I feel great that I could help those in need.” Junior Matt Miller shares similar sentiments. “After I donated blood, I was happy to know that I helped someone in need,” he said. “The blood drive was important because it means people helping other people; it means the community coming together to support those who need blood. I’m happy I could give others the opportunity that I have, that I could give someone another chance.”