On September 21, 2018, the New Haven High School Student Council put together a blood drive for students and townspeople to attend throughout the day.
Not everyone participated. Roughly a third of those who responded to a recent poll said that they gave blood that day. Although many more would have loved to donate, some didn’t quite meet the requirements.
Some students were too young to donate, and some were worried because they had practice that day as well. There were some students who didn’t meet the weight requirement of 115 pounds. Others had certain medical issues that disqualified them from donating blood.
Kamryn Poe, senior, said, “I wanted to, but my iron levels were lower than what was acceptable.”
Although some students were too young to donate, they were still able to volunteer to help with the drive.
“I stood next to the donor and made sure they were okay,” sophomore Ellie Westermeyer stated.
Kamryn Poe, Keegan Wiedemann, and many others said that they helped with the canteen.
Students who were able to donate had many different and amazing reasons for making the decision.
"I have always wanted to give blood," said Lexi Oetterer, senior. "Since I am old enough now and the blood drive was at the school, I saw it as a great opportunity to donate."
Senior Audrey Ford proudly stated, “I believe that a little prick in your arm and finger is a small sacrifice to potentially help save someone's life.”
The overall outcome of the blood drive was fantastic from the students’ perspectives.
Desiree Strehlau, senior, stated, “I thought the staff did very well caring for everyone. I was 100% fine after giving blood. I wasn't dizzy or anything.”
“It’s a fun experience, and [it] was pretty cool to see everyone work together,” Emilee Hinten, sophomore, said.
“It was sweet,” junior Matthew Laune began. “I have never been more proud of something.”
Kamryn Poe, senior, shared, “It was a great experience. Being able to help in any way I could made it that much more exciting. A few people got lightheaded; otherwise, everyone did great!”
Many have reported about how amazing the blood drive was; even though we are a fairly small school, we were able to make a big difference for somebody else. That is something the New Haven Shamrocks are proud of.