NHS Blood Drive 2013

By Molly Charney

On February 14, Briarcliff’s chapter of the National Honor Society hosted its annual blood drive in the high school gymnasium. The organization of the blood drive was spearheaded by NHS presidents Sam Cohen and Rachel Smedley as well as by Nurse Gitelson and NHS advisor Mr. Muranelli.

Photo by Molly Charney

Much of the blood drive organization involved getting the message to donate blood to students. An information table was setup and run by NHS members in order to alert the BHS population of the necessary paperwork and eligibility requirement to donate. Students also volunteered their time to “escort” donors from the donation beds to the refreshment area.

Rachel Smedly, Sam Cohen
Rachel Smedley, Nurse Gitelson, Sam Cohen

All in all, 79 pints of blood were donated at the blood drive, a record for Briarcliff! Smedley and Cohen agreed that the drive went extremely well and were proud of the number of students that volunteered to help or donate. Smedley notes, “Overall I think the turnout was great and it was so nice to see hundreds of kids show up to either donate, bring in baked goods, spread awareness, or support their friends who donated!” While NHS should be congratulated on putting on such a successful blood drive, Cohen adds “This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the whole BHS community.”

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