Some students considered it saving lives, while others just thought it was a great way to get out of class. The Sheridan High School Blood Drive started yesterday at the high school. The school worked with United Blood Services and Sheridan Media to combine the student blood drive with a community blood drive that continues today and tomorrow. Teacher Kathy Barker started the program several years ago and last year added a competitive element with the community of Gillette by seeing who could get the most units of blood in two days. So, who won that contest?
17-year-old Kyle Taylor has donated blood before and feels it’s the right thing to do, plus he doesn’t mind missing a class or two.
Some students in the participated in the double program, where two units of blood are taken. The red blood cells are then separated and stored while the plasma is returned into the body.
The competition with Gillette only runs through this evening but those who could not donate today can still give blood Friday at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.