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Science Club sets new record at blood drive

Sunday, November 11, 2012

SHHS 10th grader, Karen Marroquin, prepares to donate blood during the Senath-Hornersville High School blood drive.
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SENATH, Mo. ---- On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Science Club at Senath-Hornersville High School hosted its annual blood drive between the hours of 9 a.m., and 2 p.m. This year's event was held at the elementary school gymnasium.

According to Sheila Adams and Leann Jones, sponsors with the Science Club, over 120 people were present to donate blood and 94 productive units of blood were collected. Each unit is one pint of blood.

The school hosted another blood drive in May of this year, bringing in 119 people and 88 units of blood, exceeding that drive's goal of 80 units. The May event was the highest collection amount in recent history, until it was surpassed by the Wednesday drive.

"This is a new record for our school. Each pint potentially saves three people. We helped save 282 lives!" the women said in a written statement.

Due to Hurricane Sandy that ravaged the East Coast last week, the districts Red Cross blood supply is currently low. The goal for the school was raised in hopes of replenishing the blood in the local region, and according to the sponsors, "We met and exceeded our extended goal."

Adams along with Jones expressed their gratitude to those who supported and donated to the blood drive. They also spoke of how thankful they were to the Senath-Hornersville Elementary Principal, Lori Hoffmann, Coach Herring, and the entire elementary school faculty and staff for "their helpful attitudes and support."

According to the website, www.redcrossblood.org, eighty percent of the blood donations given to the Red Cross are collected at mobile blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship or military installations. The remaining 20 percent are collected at fixed Red Cross donor centers.

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