Many will be giving thanks this holiday season for the blood that was given by North Lakes Academy(NLA) students and staff. The Red Cross held a blood drive Wednesday, November 27th at Upper School for anyone to donate to those in need.
Every year NLA holds two blood drives, one in the fall, and one in the spring. Last year, a combined total of 78 people donated in both drives. Wednesday was third blood drive the school has held so far and it has been the most successful. A total of 67 people showed up to donate, unfortunately, 10 were turned down due to low iron or other reasons concerning health. According to Chris Stewart, a social studies teacher who currently organizes the drive, it turned out better than expected. 57 total units were successful donated, 17 higher than anticipated. Both students and teachers donated.
Everyday, Stewart encouraged students to donate. He said he wants to “encourage people to [stop] their preoccupations and give to the community.”
This is exactly how one student viewed it as well.
“I was scared but I did it anyway because I wanted to save lives”, said Autumn Percy(12).
Stewart’s vision for the future is to see someone else step up and take control of the drive, preferably the students. Currently it’s safe to say the blood drive would not be happening without him.