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Douglas High blood drive a success

by Leslie Pearson

This fall’s blood drive at Douglas High School almost went off without a hitch. In fact, it was almost canceled due to not having a facility to host the event.

In the past, DHS has lent the gym to the United Blood Services for the drive. However, this time the gym was being used for another school event and couldn’t be used for the blood drive. The alternative was the school’s library, and the librarians were kind enough to loan it for the drive that lasted two days.

Students at DHS volunteered Dec. 15 and 16. In order to volunteer, all students had to be 18 years old or 17 with their parent’s permission. After signing up, the students then had to go through a screening process and be interviewed. About 200 students volunteered, and after the screening process, 150 were able to participate.

Leadership has played a big role in the blood drive, as well as the students who donated. This event, however, is not part of the leadership class curriculum like some of the other school-sponsored events.

“I guess you would call it community service, like highway clean-up and the canned food drive,” said Rick Booth, leadership teacher.

Booth has been teaching leadership for the past four years at DHS, but it has only been these last two years that the blood drive has been held for two days instead of one day each fall and spring.

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