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Backpacks were piled high as students entered the Vandalia-Butler High School gym Monday, May 11 and immediately dropped their book bags at the check-in desk for the Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive. They filled chairs to huddle over registration forms and then filled every available bed to donate. “Our kids beg to donate,” said Jeanene Popp, faculty coordinator of the blood drive. “They really want to do it.”

Monday’s spring blood drive registered 122 donors, including 60 first-time donors, and collected 100 donations for 105 percent of goal. It was the second of the school year at Butler, both sponsored by the Student Government. Butler’s fall and spring blood drives combined totaled 229 registrations and 185 blood donations with 100 first-time donors.

The Aviators were big contributors to the success of the 2014-2015 CBC high school blood drive campaign. CBC will finish the year with 215 blood drives, more than 13,899 registrations, and 11,332 blood donations.

Butler was one of many schools juggling May blood drives along with a full schedule of year-end activities. For example, it’s the time of year for advanced placement testing. “It’s AP, but they schedule their appointments around their AP exams,” said Jeanene.

Junior football player Delshon Williams makes his 2nd lifetime donation.

Junior football player Delshon Williams makes his 2nd lifetime donation.

Junior Emily Hoagland makes her 2nd lifetime donation.

Junior Emily Hoagland makes her 2nd lifetime donation.

Senior Spencer Sieben celebrates in the Donor Cafe

Senior Spencer Sieben celebrates in the Donor Cafe.

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