April 22, 2019

Blood drive at Badin is ‘Bat Appreciation Day’

More than 100 Badin High School students, faculty and alumni donated blood at Badin’s annual Blood Drive, an outstanding effort facilitated by the Community Blood Center in the school’s Pfirman Family Activity Center on Wednesday, April 17.

“I’m just always very impressed with the way our students respond so generously to the annual Blood Drive,” said Mrs. Kay Collins, chair of the BHS Science Department and organizer of the drive through her Physiology II class. “They know it’s very important and so many are more than willing to step up and make a difference.”

Badin filled all 124 donor slots, with 58 first-time donors involved and 102 total donations ultimately received from the Badin family.

“The Badin blood drive gave a big boost to the blood drive just days before the long Easter weekend,” said Sandy Baur of the Community Blood Center. “And Badin High always comes up with such a great theme for their annual blood drive.”

Badin’s April 17 blood donation day coincided with national “Bat Appreciation Day”, so the theme at Badin was “Fangs for letting us suck your blood!” All donors had their names written on a black paper cut-out of a bat, and a wall in the PFAC was festooned with paper bats.

“Our students really out-did themselves,” Collins said. “Not only did they come up with a clever theme, but rather than just offering fruit and snacks for the donors, they set up a grill on the Pfirman Center porch to prepare hot dogs and hamburgers. It was quite a special day.”

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 300 lives.

“We’re very proud of the Badin students and staff for always making this such a significant event on the school calendar,” 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.”

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org

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