Friday, November 7, 2014

Pottstown HS Shows They CARE by Giving Blood

Photos by John J. Armato

Richard Duvivier, Tyler Keefer, Bryant Quill and Timothy Mutter, rear, recharge after donating blood during Pottstown CARES Day. 

BLOGGER'S NOTE: The following was provided by information maven, John J. Armato.

Students and staff at Pottstown High School taking part in the second annual Pottstown CARES Day helped to save more than 140 lives by donating blood at the Miller-Keystone Blood Donation Station set up in the high school gymnasium.
Senior Alex Huma gives blood.

 A total of 47 units were collected during the event which was organized by the high school Student Government sponsored by teacher Mark Agnew.

“This is really a student-organized and driven event. ROTC Cadet Ben Habekost was our lead student and was assisted by senior and junior class officers Brigid Benfield and Emanuel Wilkerson,” said Agnew.

Students from Michaela Johnson’s Health Occupations class received some real-life educational opportunities by assisting in the collection of the donations. 

Johnson said, “Our students are learning some valuable lessons as they work side-by-side with the professional staff of Miller-Keystone.”

Health Occupations students taking part included: Tiffany Cuascut, Adriana Saenz, Mieshia Dyches, Breanna Byrne, Brigette Mundo, and Cydney Andrews.
Myesha Dychess, left, helps Danny Tucker 

“It was exciting, said Dyches. "At first I was nervous because there were a lot people and a lot going on, but then I got comfortable with the staff and enjoyed being able to help others." 

“This was a great learning experience, Mundo said. "One of the phlebotomists taught us a lot about how to safely collect donations and what to do in case of emergencies."

Carol Graves, Donor Resource Representative of the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, said, “Pottstown High School is consistently one of the strongest participating schools in our donor program. Of all of
the schools in the nine county area that we service, Pottstown, in spite of being one of the smallest school enrollments, is second in overall number of units collected. They have played a very important role in helping to save hundreds of lives in the Pottstown area.”

Tori Gery gives blood
PHS senior Alex Humma, a member of the football and wrestling teams, said after donating, “I am glad to be able to help serve our community and show pride for our school and our town. It made me feel very proud to know that we have helped make a difference.”

The donation event was part of the second annual Pottstown CARES Day which sees over 700 students and adults from The Hill School, the Pottstown School District, and the Borough of Pottstown taking part in a massive community service project that includes cleanup of streets, donation of food items, and lifesaving units of blood.

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