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Pottstown High School students and staff are ready to help those in need

By Matthew Reichl, The Community Connection

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pottstown School District students and staff have a long history of helping others in need. Recently, Pottstown High School Student Government and Healthcare Technology students partnered with the Miller-Keystone Blood Center to conduct a drive for blood donations. Seventy-seven registered donors were able to donate 62 units of blood in a highly successful event.
Carol Graves of the Miller-Keystone Blood Center noted, “This was the most successful fall blood donation drive that the high school has conducted. There was an increase of over 37% of donations with 48 new donors. Pottstown School District should be proud of its students and staff who have shown that they understand the value of caring for those in need.”
Student Government advisor Mr. Mark Agnew was overwhelmed by the response, “I am so proud of our students for organizing this event and participating at such a high level.”
Healthcare Technology students from Ms. Michaela Johnson’s class not only donated blood but assisted technicians from Miller-Keystone. “Our students learned some valuable lessons today that will not only help them in the classroom but in their future lives.”
Comments from the students included:
Sidney Sanford, “It made me feel happy to donate blood as well as help out at the blood drive.”
Kasia Butts, “I am glad I was able to help out at the blood drive and at the same time learn some new techniques that will help me in my coursework.”
Kenisha Holloway, “It felt great to be able to help those who are donating their blood to help others.”
Kourage Norris, “It made me feel good knowing that I was helping others and that the blood donated today will benefit numerous people and save lives.”