ENGLEWOOD — Open appointments and empty beds are hard to come by at a Miami Valley Career Technology Center blood drive. Student donors in the class of 2015 gave blood multiple times during their high school years, helping MVCTC earn a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant from Community Blood Center.
MVCTC received the grant for “Red Cord Excellence,” an indicator of strong student support at multiple blood drives. The class of 2015 had 96 graduates who qualified for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program by registering to donate at least three times during their high school career.
In 2014-15 MVCTC hosted two CBC blood drives and was the top Red Cord Honor School among the 118 high schools in CBC’s 15-county service area.
CBC presented the award to MVCTC Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the first meeting of the HOSA Future Health Professionals, the student organization that sponsors the school blood drives. HOSA Chapter President Ella Madlinger, a senior from Brookville with four lifetime blood donations, announced the grant.
“Our blood drives fill up in a day and the kids are banging on the door to be on the waiting list,” said Med Lab instructor and blood drive coordinator Paula Wathen. “Blood donations touch everyone’s lives and high school students are more aware of the need. They have the desire and are more compassionate than ever before.”
“They have so much more community awareness, which is wonderful,” said Health and Consumer Science Supervisor Ann Patton. “These kids want to give back.”
Wathen said the HOSA students will use part of the grant money for their “Are You Fit to Donate?” program to educate classmates on how to prepare for a successful blood donation. That could encourage more blood drive participation, and even more Red Cord graduates.
“The Red Cord is a motivator,” said Wathen. “They ask, ‘What do I have to do to get that Red Cord?’ They do want that, and it goes with the good experience they have with Community Blood Center. It’s a good relationship.”
CBC annually awards $1,000 High School Leadership grants in five categories for high school blood drive excellence. Butler Tech in Hamilton won a Leadership Grant for “Most Donors.” Spring Valley Academy in Centerville received the grant for “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” participating in school blood drives in 2014-15. Seton Catholic High School in Richmond, Indiana won grants for both “Most Improved” and for “Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment.”