HAMILTON, Ohio – Butler Tech in Hamilton is on pace for another blockbuster school year of award-winning blood drives. Students on the main campus have dominated the Community Blood Center (CBC) High School Leadership Grant awards by winning $1,000 grants for “Most Donors” in back-to-back years, and claimed another $1,000 grant for the highest number of Red Cord Honor graduates. CBC presented the 201302014 awards Thursday, Jan. 15 during the second day of another booming two-day campus blood drive.
“You really are an example of blood drive excellence,” CBC Donor Relations Manager Tracy Morgan told coordinator Laura Eby and her group of senior blood drive volunteers. “You hold six blood drives a year. We have 118 high schools, and no one else holds six a year.”
Butler Tech was CBC’s most productive high school blood drive sponsor in 2012-2013 and again in 2013-2014. They were also top-ranked in Red Cord Excellence in 2013-2014 with the highest number of student donors qualifying for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program.
“You have the most donors, and you are the award winner for Red Cord Excellence,” said Tracy. “You had 98 seniors who registered to donate three times or more while at Butler Tech to earn a Red Cord. Thank you for being our partner and giving students the opportunity to help save lives!”
The drive for blood drive excellence continues at Butler Tech in the 2014-2015 school year. The two-day blood drive held Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 15 registered a total of 225 students, including 63 first-time donors and 157 total blood donations for an average of 116 percent of the collection goal.
(There were 104 student registrations and 70 donations at Wednesday’s blood drive followed by 121 registrations and 87 donations on Thursday).
“I think it’s because of our Bioscience Center,” said senior blood drive committee member Vicmelly Candelario. (Construction of a $13-million, 25-acre Butler Tech Bioscience Center campus is currently underway, with the opening expected in August). “We come here and we know what we want. We’re mature adults.”
Student blood drive committee chairman Jaqueline Andrade quickly agreed. Both Vicmelly and Jaqueline are enrolled in the Health Tech program and have the same goal of becoming registered nurses. “They treat us like mature adults, plus most of our donors come from Bioscience and Health Tech. They have the education on why we need blood. We can tell others why we give blood and how it helps people.”
Education helped motivate junior Taylor McWhorter to make her first lifetime blood donation at Thursday’s blood drive. “I saw a presentation on organ donations and about blood donations,” she said. “I saw what it could do.”
Courtney Cox, a junior, qualified for Red Cord honors with her third lifetime donation Thursday. Positive experiences donating, and a culture of community service, contribute to the growing number of donors at Butler Tech. “I donated once and it wasn’t that bad,” said junior Kendahl Bowls. “So I figured out that I should give again for someone who needs it.”
CBC HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP GRANTS AWARDED TO BUTLER TECH
- Most Donors in the Academic Year: 2012-2013 – Butler Tech led all CBC high schools with six blood drives that registered 532 donors and collected 382 donations.
- Most Donors in the Academic Year: 2013-2014 – Despite being forced to cancel one blood drive, Butler Tech’s five-blood drive total of 490 registrations and 380 donations was again the highest among all CBC high schools.
- Red Cord Excellence: 2013-2014 – Butler Tech earned a second CBC grant for Red Cord Excellence with 98 graduating seniors qualified for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program. (Students must register to donate at least three times during their high school career to earn a Red Cord which may be worn at honor recognition ceremonies and graduation).