DAYTON, Ohio – Horizon Science Academy Dayton is a small charter school with a “can-do” attitude about helping others. Community Blood Center has awarded a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant to Horizon Science Academy for outstanding blood drive participation.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton finished the 2016-2017 school years as CBC’s second-ranked school in percentage of eligible students participating in blood drives. The Horizon Science Academy High School has only about 150 students. But its winter and spring blood drives totaled 66 donors, including 40 first-time donors and 46 donations for 110 percent participation.
It’s not the first time CBC has honored Horizon with a Leadership Grant. In the 2013-2014 academic year Horizon had the smallest number of eligible student donor enrollment among CBC blood drive schools. But Horizon won the grant for “Most Improved” after adding a second blood drive and seeing a 125 percent increase in donor registration.
“We have students who are willing to help the community and want to be part of the community,” said Horizon Science Academy Dayton Principal Hakan Bagcioglu. “We are a community charter school, so it makes sense. I think the school culture and the values we have help to promote this for us.”
CBC traditionally kicks off the new year of high school blood drives by honoring the highest-achieving high schools from the previous year with $1,000 High School Leadership grants awards in five categories.
Fairmont High School in Kettering won grants for both “Most Donors” and “Red Cord Excellence.” Seton Catholic High School in Richmond was the top-ranked school in percentage of participation. Troy Christian High School won the grant for “Most Improved.”
In the 2016-2017 school year 119 high schools in CBC’s 15-county region hosted 220 blood drives, totaling 14,322 registrations to donate, 6,218 first-time donors and 11,185 blood donations.