Hiral Patel – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS keyboard teacher Rebecca Lester has headed up the school’s Blood Drive Committee for two and a half years. In that time, she’s seen many changes. One of the major changes was getting a new committee president Claudia Esteves, senior, last year.
Esteves made many changes during her year as president. She investigated how how to promote the blood drives and have more people come and donate blood. The club became more active and gained volunteers for both lunchtime sign-ups, and for the blood drives themselves.
Last year, Mustangs donated 361 units of blood, saving 1,083 lives.
Senior Oliva Goonis said “you can make a difference by donating blood and helping to save 3 lives.”
When the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida happened, blood donated from LRHS was shipped to Parkland for staff members and the students who had been injured.
The blood drive committee also awards scholarships to their seniors. Last year, a total of $4,950 was donated from organizations such as One blood and BUBBA Saves Lives as scholarships for seniors.
Students interested in joining the Blood Drive committee will be asked to complete an application starting next week. The first blood drive is scheduled for Sept. 20. Other blood drives this year are set for Nov. 21, Jan. 23, and April 2.