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North Atlanta Rolls Up Its Sleeves for Recent Blood Drive

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Seeing Red: More than 60 North Atlanta students participated in an October blood drive sponsored by the JROTC. Olivia Chewning

Seeing Red: More than 60 North Atlanta students participated in an October blood drive sponsored by the JROTC. Olivia Chewning

Olivia Chewning

Olivia Chewning

Seeing Red: More than 60 North Atlanta students participated in an October blood drive sponsored by the JROTC. Olivia Chewning

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North Atlanta students rolled up their collective sleeves in October to donate blood for a school-wide blood drive. No matter what “type,” students had to be over the age of 16 in order to participate.

The blood drive, held on October 4, was sponsored by North Atlanta’s JROTC program and the event marked part of the organization’s ongoing effort toward community service outreach. The event was held in the school’s multi-purpose room and more than 60 students participated. Event organizers say the impressive rate of participation stems from a school-wide ethos that promotes service. “The students realize the significant impact they have on society, that given one pint of blood could save three lives,” said Lt. Col. Lynnette Minnick, North Atlanta JROTC senior army instructor.

The participating JROTC cadets said they enjoyed giving back. They not only organized the event, but they also participated in the blood drive. Red Cross officials were quick to remind the school that 60 participants meant more than 180 lives in the community can now be saved. The blood from one donor can serve up to three recipients who need blood.  

Not only did the students feel a sense of pride they also were happy to be provided snacks, a T-shirt and a blood drive sticker that was proudly worn around school. While some people felt a little woozy after giving a pint or two, that feeling was seemingly cured after they were given a couple of cookies. “I felt a little funny but after I got a few snacks I was pretty much back to normal,” said sophomore Chloe Van Nort.

To donate blood students had to be 16 or older. Freshman and some sophomores are still 15 and those interviewed said they sense they missed out on participating in a school-wide activity. “It would’ve been a really cool and rewarding experience,” said sophomore Ava Behan-Sahib. “Next time I’ll be there.”

JROTC officials say there will be more school blood drives in the future. And judging from the student response to the most recent drive, it’s clear that fear of needles will get in the way of the Warriors giving more of the red stuff.

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