April 27, 2018
National Lima Bean Respect Day had a special meaning at Badin High School this year, since the date coincided with the school’s annual Blood Drive.
Lima beans are a great source of protein and iron and offer good preparation for a healthy blood donation; and Badin’s drive on Friday, April 20, ultimately saw 86 blood donations from students, faculty and staff.
“It really went well once again this year,” said Mrs. Kay Collins, chair of Badin’s Science Department who oversees the yearly effort. “Our students are always very enthusiastic to donate, and they understand the life-saving value of blood donations.”
The Badin donation theme was “Thank you for BEAN a Blood Donor”, with a sign on the wall of the Pfirman Family Activity Center. Each registered donor had their name written on a paper bean and affixed to that wall.
A total of 124 donors had registered for the event; 57 of those were first-time donors. Blood donors must be 16-years-or-older; those younger than age 17 need parental permission to donate.
Each pint of blood donated can be used in up to three patients, meaning that Badin donations had the potential to help save more than 250 lives.
“Thank you to Mrs. Collins and Badin High School,” said Sandy Baur of the Community Blood Center. “Mrs. Collins and her Physiology II class (did) a phenomenal job preparing for their annual blood drive. … High-five to Badin for an amazing blood drive!”
“We’re very proud of the Badin students and staff for stepping up to make a difference,” said BHS Principal Mr. Brian Pendergest. “This is a serious effort and all involved take it very seriously. In terms of service to the community, donating blood is at the top of the list of meaningful efforts.”
Badin has already set Wednesday, April 17, as its date for the 2019 Blood Drive.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org