DAYTON, Ohio – Wayne High School in Huber Heights will go back to school as the reigning champion of area high school blood drives.
Community Blood Center is kicking off the new school year by honoring the five highest-achieving blood drive programs from 2015-2016 with $1,000 High School Leadership grants, and the top category of “Most Donors” goes to the Wayne Warriors.
Wayne’s victory ends Butler Tech’s streak of three consecutive years winning the “Most Donors” category. Seton Catholic High School in Richmond also earned a $1,000 award in the category of “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” participating in school blood drives. The Butler Tech Bioscience Center received a $1,000 grant as the runner-up in this category.
The Warren County Career Center in Lebanon earned a $1,000 grant in the “Most Improved” blood drive category, and Fairmont High School in Kettering received the $1,000 grant for “Red Cord Excellence” with the highest number of student donors qualifying for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program.
In the 2015-2016 school year 118 high schools in CBC’s 15-county region hosted 226 blood drives, totaling 14,655 registrations to donate, 6,252 first-time donors and 11,461 blood donations. Wayne led the way with three blood drives and 472 donors.
“We’re proud of our grant winners and all our high schools for what they accomplished, said CBC Donor Relations Director Andrew Keelor. “Nearly one fourth of all CBC donors are high school students. The contribution they are making to the community is outstanding. This is a young generation committed to helping their neighbors and making a difference.”
2015-2016 Grant Winners by Category:
- Most Donors: Wayne High School – In 2015-2016 Wayne’s three blood drive totaled 472 registrations to donate, including 166 first-time donors and 355 donations. Wayne’s first victory in this category comes after two runner-up finishes and third place last year.
- Highest Percentage of Enrollment: Seton Catholic High School – Seton Catholic had only 96 eligible donors in 2015-2016, but they enthusiastically supported the school’s three blood drives with participation by 152 percent of enrollment. Seton Catholic won two grants last year in the “2nd Highest Percentage of Enrollment” category and for Most Improved.
- 2nd Highest Percentage of Enrollment: Butler Tech Bioscience Center – CBC awards grants for first place and runner-up in this category. Students at the new Butler Tech Bioscience Center continued the high school grant-winning tradition at Butler Tech by supporting their three blood drives with 114 percent of enrollment.
- Most Improved: Warren County Career Center – WCCC had a strong year in 2015-2016. The school added a fall blood drive in addition to its regular spring blood drive. Students supported the two drives with 140 registrations to donate, a 226 percent improvement over the previous year.
- Red Cord Excellence: Fairmont High School – Fairmont earned the CBC grant for Red Cord Excellence with 81 graduating seniors qualifying for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program. In 2015-2016 CBC awarded 2,200 Red Cords to graduating seniors who registered to donate at least three times during their high school years.
Back to School with CBC Education Programs:
- The CBC/Vectren Creative Scholarship Program for High School Seniors: This $5,000 scholarship program is supported by a grant from Vectren. CBC and Vectren annually award $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five graduating, college-bound seniors whose high school hosts a CBC blood drive. Scholarship applicants are challenged to imagine themselves as leaders of their high school blood drive as they design a winning blood drive marketing campaign. They must create a theme they believe will be effective in encouraging students to donate and creatively express the theme using conventional marketing techniques or innovative, artistic expressions. The application deadline is April 20. Examples of winning campaigns and the 2016 scholarship application are available at http://www.GivingBlood.org.
- The Red Cord Honor Program – Students are automatically enrolled in the program when they register to donate at their Red Cord Honor Program participating high school. They must register to donate at least three times during their high school career to earn a Red Cord, which may be worn at high school honor recognition ceremonies and graduation. Seniors have until May 15 (or by the date of their school’s final blood drive if it is after May 15) to complete the requirement.
- Blood 101 Education Program – CBC Education Specialist Cristina Pickle is a certified teacher who visits classrooms (pre-school through high school) across our 15-county region, stimulating young minds with presentations on the wonders of blood science and the human body, the benefits of blood donations and the life-long value of community service. Her high school workshops also help students prepare for a successful blood donation.
- The LAB – CBC’s “Learning About Blood” mobile classroom is on the move year-round visiting schools and community events. Kids of all ages can step inside the LAB and plunge into a hands-on learning atmosphere that includes amazing illustrations of the heart, blood components, and circulatory system at work. For more information about the Blood Education Program contact Cris Pickle at firstname.lastname@example.org.