Written by Nandita Vegesna, 10th grade
At 8:00 on the first morning of spring break, while most Imagine student were fast asleep, HOSA team members were at the school preparing for their second blood drive this year. HOSA president Faiza Ahmed remarked, “we are here to build our future as health professionals. The posters advertising this blood drive have decorated the school walls for days and the team was hoping weave in as many walk ins as possible. Members were parked in front of the school handing out flyers in order to draw in as many volunteers as possible, informing every passer-by that their donation of one pint of blood would save the lives of three people.
Photo: MYP and DP volunteers passing out flyers with information about how to donate!
Parents, teachers and students alike were all lined up to donate blood. The buses, brought by Carter Bloodcare, were right outside of the school’s West wing. Here, volunteers were offered energy drinks, and sugar-rich snacks to keep their blood as healthy as possible. Mrs. Anaya, one of our MYP math teachers, seemed pretty calm and relaxed as she was donating her blood, “This isn’t my first time donating blood,” she confessed. People filed in and out of the buses, as students outside frantically skimmed their wallets for their IDs to qualify to donate.
Photos: HOSA volunteers pose in front of the Carter Bloodcare donation bus. (2nd photo, left to right: Bhavana Penmetsa, Shreya Sinha, Mrs. Houshmand, Osama Faridi, and Faiza Ahmed)
One of our 10th grade students, Bella Colandrea, decided to give blood for the very first time. Instead of talking about feeling dizzy or pain, Bella’s first remark upon completing donation was, “it looks so cool.” While most people took about 15 minutes to get a pint of blood out of their system, Bella had finished in less than 10 minutes, “She’s an overachiever in donating blood,” one of the nurses commented.
Photo: Bella is all smiles as she donates!
For the nurses and technicians from Carter Blood, it was a hectic day collecting storing and packing blood. As hectic as it was, it was a successful endeavor that saved many lives- as many as 114!
Photos: 12th grade Jack Walkowski and 11th grade Cole Christopher pose for some quick pictures.
Said Mrs. Nayakanti, HOSA’s club supervisor, “we couldn’t have done it without the help of all of the volunteers.” HOSA representatives say they will continue to pair up with Carter Blood and host blood drives in coming months, and in doing so, will continue to make a positive impact on our community!