After a summer of triple-digit heat, it actually feels cool to head back to school. Community Blood Center (CBC) is rolling out a busy calendar of high school blood drives, offering great new benefits and opportunities to teen donors, and giving back to the community with a blood science education program tailored to students of all ages.
- Youth Blast to Blood Supply – Schools and students in CBC’s 15-county region are stepping up to support the blood supply with 225 blood drives on the 2012-2013 calendar in 102 high schools with an overall goal of collecting 12,218 pints of blood. Area universities and colleges will also be busy with blood drives, including 10 drives at the University of Dayton and the mega, two-day Greek Week Blood Drive Aug. 29-30 at Miami University.
- Education on the Move – Blood CBC’s Blood 101 Education Program was constantly on the road last year bringing the award-winning “My Blood, Your Blood” curriculum to science and health classrooms in 105 elementary, middle and high schools. More schools are on the schedule this year, plus the “LAB” Learning about Blood mobile classroom will be traveling to schools and community events.
- Hanging with a Cool Crowd – High school, college and university students will be excited to check out the new CBC gift for young donors. Everyone who registers to donate at most of the school drives this fall will receive a free “Blood Donors Rock” lanyard with electric guitar and blood drop logo design. It’s perfect for your school ID and key ring.
- Red Cord Rocks – A record 1,969 students earned the CBC Red Cord to wear at graduation and honor ceremonies last year by registering to donate at least three times during their high school careers. An even bigger year is expected for the Red Cord Honor Program with new schools like Belmont High on the blood drive calendar and many schools adding more drives to their schedules.
- Creating Cash for College – Finally a college scholarship where the competition is both challenging and fun! CBC and Vectren are again offering the Lead the Way Creative Scholarship Program, but the new emphasis this year is very much on the creative. Five area high school seniors will win $1,000 college scholarships in a wide open competition for the best artistic expression of a theme that compels classmates to donate.