Millennium Charter Academy collected 36 pints of blood at this year’s Halloween blood drive.
Partnering with American Red Cross for the seventh year, Millennium set a goal for 38 pints of blood. The duo reached 94 percent of their goal.
“This is something we are committed to doing every year,” said Lu Ann Browne, director of development for MCA.
Normally the blood drive takes place on Halloween day, but with the holiday on the weekend, the school opted to hold the drive on Wednesday.
The Presidential Leadership Council, involving students in sixth- through eighth-grades, provided snacks at the canteen.
“We were glad to help,” said Laurel Petri, president for the Presidential Leadership Council. Normally, the student council for grades 3-5 would sponsor the event, Petri explained, but because that group was unable to help Wednesday, everyone on the higher-grade council decided it was a great opportunity. “We had a really great bonfire this year,” she said.
During the blood drive, students rotated times to check in donors. Taking the first shift were two fifth-graders Christian Watson and Jansen Huff. Checking in 13 people, during the first hour-and-half, the two young men said they were delighted to help.
The school hosts an annual bonfire to raise money for their Presidential Leadership Council. Students are able to roast marshmallows and participate in a fun activity for the school but outside of a normal school setting, according to Brown.
Headmaster Kirby McCrary was among the 36 who participated and donated blood, choosing to put his literal blood, sweat and tears into his school.
“We are so pleased to host this annual blood drive for the American Red Cross, and we look forward to it each year.” said McCrary.
McCrary explained he felt that the blood drive was directly in line with the three pillars on which the school was built: character, scholarship and community. “We are so pleased to get to be a part of our community in this way.”
Claire Draughn, a fifth-grade teacher, is the organizer for the blood drive. She took the responsibility on after the retirement of a former teacher, Joellen Belton.
In the past several years, the MCA family has been touched by various life changing and life threatening events, according to Draughn.
“We are very thankful that many of these events had happy endings because of the generosity and concern of people like our blood donors,” she said.
Draughn felt as a school, they recognized the critical importance of supporting the American Red Cross’ mission to save lives through donations collected at MCA and other blood drives.
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