Mason High School students put on brave faces to help save lives

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By BriAnn Harvey
Mason Times staff writer

MASON — Eighty Mason High School students put aside their fear of needles, blood and missed class to help save a life on Feb. 28.

The American Red Cross along with six MHS student senate members set up at 6 a.m. and tore down at 2:45 p.m. The Student Senate hosted this blood drive, and it was the second of three that it hosts every year. Twelve S.S members worked the drive throughout the day.

Kathy Omillian, MHS Student Senate Advisor, said these blood drives are only open to the student body and staff because of school security issues.

Out of the 80 students who signed up to donate, only 60 met all the regulations the American Red Cross puts up.

Not only did Mason High School students help save a life, they also raised scholarship money in the process. For every pint of blood the Red Cross collects, the Red Cross will give money to the student senate. The senate gives 150 pints to the Red Cross every year.

SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM

Pints Collected    Scholarship Awarded
25-49                            $250
50-99                            $500
100-149                         $750
150-199                         $1,000
200 +                             $1,500

SUMMER PROGRAM

Pints Collected    Scholarship Awarded
20-40                   $250
41-60                   $500
61-80                   $750
81-100                 $1,000
101 +                   $1,500

Omillian said, the senate it trying to earn $1,000 from the drives this year.

Fourth-time donor John Scavarda, said “Hearing that our school could get scholarship money makes me want to donate even more.”

“I donate to help people because it makes me feel good,” Scavarda said.

“This is an event that brings the S.S members the shared purpose of working together to give back to the community,” Omillian said.

Sean Houghton, an MHS Student Senate member, said “I like volunteering because you put in hours that can go on a resume, so not only are you helping other people but you are also bettering yourself.”

“I try and persuade others to donate because it’s for a good cause,” Scavarda said.

Gabby Trudell, an MHS Student Senate member, said “The thing I enjoy most about working the blood drives is putting in volunteer time and seeing that people are donating to help save others.”

Ken Darmer, an American Red Cross team supervisor, said it is good that students are donating blood because “They are the future donors for us and it helps keep our blood supply going for future generations, so we want them to have a positive experience so they’ll keep donating.”

Darmer said the donating process begins with the donor checking in at registration, then they go through health history and physical screening, then to veinipuncture, and finally are sent to canteen for refreshments.

“I check in the blood donors, explain to them what they’re going to go through, give them paperwork to read and then send them to be checked by the Red Cross,” Trudell said.

The whole blood donation process takes around one hour, the blood collecting itself only takes 10 minutes.

“I would encourage students to come out and donate and bring their parents too because there’s always a need,” Darmer said.

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