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West Students Give Blood in Service to Community

February 8, 2013 08:45 AM
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Hillside, IL...Dozens of students and teachers at Proviso West High School contributed to a blood drive sponsored by the Student Council on Thursday, January 31, in the school’s field house.

The Student Council sponsors four blood drives each school year, with this most recent drive the third of this year and conducted by Heartland Blood Centers, based in Aurora.

"We advertise," said Ms. Heather Wickey, a Proviso West math teacher and the Student Council faculty sponsor. "Students 16 and up can donate. The kids are giving back to do this."

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that students deserve credit for serving the community.

"Any part of a student’s education has to include community service," she said. "Serving the community is a noble endeavor and students deserve credit any time they do work for the benefit of others."

To donate blood, a person needs to be 16 years old and have parental consent, or 17 years old without parental consent. They also need to weight at least 110 pounds and have waited at least eight weeks since they last donated blood. In addition, they also need to check with donor staff if they have traveled outside of the United States and Canada.

Jason Nardella, a Proviso West sophomore and treasurer for the Student Council, could not donate blood because he was only 15 years old. However, he helped encourage others to donate by dressing in a blood drop costume.

"It makes me feel better because I can help out," he said. "Even though I can’t donate, I can direct others [to the blood drive]."

Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West, said that the blood drive is an "essential part of our students’ giving back to the community."

"Blood is our life source, and our students understand that it could save lives by giving," he said.

Sundep Gogana, 16 and a Proviso West freshman, said that despite this being his first time donated, he did not hesitate to sign up.

"I like to help out others," he said. "It’s a good experience to learn new things to help others."

 
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