By Linda Kor
Holbrook High School students have taken on the challenge to increase the number of residents in the community willing to donate blood to save lives. Last May the school was recognized by United Blood Services as the division leader for this region and was honored with the Platinum Award at Chase Stadium in Phoenix for their hard work. Student body representatives were called upon to address other schools at the event regarding the methods used by the school to encourage involvement.
The students hold four blood drives each year at the school campus, but this year was also asked to help with the Holbrook Summer Blood Drive at the Navajo County Governmental Complex last week. The goal was to have 44 donors and 68 people signed up for the cause.
According to Melicia Thompson, HHS Student Council sponsor, these students have a two-fold mission of saving lives and possibly winning tickets to Championship Banner Night at Chase Field. “The goal is to have 100 percent participation in our community and we range from 78 to 91 percent. The students do really well and are hoping to have more donors in order to win the party suite at a Diamondbacks Game,” she stated.
The Arizona Diamondbacks sponsor the challenge and donate more than 700 tickets and a party suite to the top award achievers for a game in May. The eight division-winning schools receive their championship banners and are introduced during the pre-game ceremony on the field. The school with the most total donors and the school with the highest percent participation enjoy the game with all the amenities of a party suite, including food and drink.
The next blood drive is scheduled for mid-September at the George Gardner Performing Arts Center, and students are hopeful that people will continue to donate and make a difference in the lives of others.