BHS student council hosts blood drive


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.The American Red Cross used color-coded stickers sort new donors (green) from those who had donated before (red). Redfield Fedor (left), Sydney Metzel, and Lily Hockenberry (right) were happy to donate Nov. 29.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.A lot of preparation and organization went into getting everything ready for donors at the blood drive. Rosa Carpenter, an American Red Cross nurse, sorted the bags that would be used to store donated blood until it was needed.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.The blood drive relied heavily on the help of student volunteers to make sure that everything ran smoothly. Hannah Deascentis (left) and Nicole Deley were just two of the volunteers signing donors in.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Ken (left) and Marge Matteson volunteered to help the American Red Cross blood drive at Boardman High School Nov. 29.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Many students felt that the blood drive was a worthy cause to support. Shown, from left, are Sydney Metzel, Mike Shobel, Alyssa Vivacqua, and Blake Vore as they waited to donate.


Boardman High School’s student council hosted a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross Nov. 29. According to student council adviser, Vincetta Russo-Haber, the student council has made this biannual drive a part of its school for close to 40 years.

Between both blood drives, Boardman High School donated 120-150 pints of blood every year. Every pint over 60 per drive that Boardman donates, the American Red Cross donates more money into a scholarship program that was created to benefit two BHS students who have donated at every drive through their qualifying years, which starts at age 16.

“Everyone says that we have one of the best blood drives; we are really organized and we take this seriously,” said Russo-Haber. “We are very lucky to have so many donors. The student council tries to promote and educate other students about the blood drive. We really want to encourage more people to sign up.”

Boardman High School’s student council will host another blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross in the spring.

To learn more about the American Red Cross or to find out where the next blood drive will be, visit

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