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WCHS hopes to be ‘hero’

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High school partners with Red Cross for fundraiser

By John Overby

Washington County High School has partnered with the American Red Cross in an effort to aid disaster relief funds around the area.

For its side of the partnership, the high school will be sponsoring a blood drive on May 15 (they host an annual blood drive each fall and spring semester). But in addition to the donations of blood, the high school is looking to make an impact by finding sponsors for each student that signs up.

However, WCHS principal Paul Terrell wanted to make sure that it didn’t fall on the students to seek out potential donors.

“I didn’t like the idea of our students going out to raise the money, but it would be for people who would like to donate for that,” Terrell said.

With 35 students already signed up, Terrell hopes that enough businesses and individuals around the community can come together and “average about 20 dollars per student.”

If that were to happen, WCHS will have raised $700. However, if they can raise $1,000, the school would be recognized as a Red Cross Hero, according to board member Lisa Haydon.

For Susan Hardin, executive director of the American Red Cross, Nelson County chapter, giving money to support these students is a “win-win situation.”

“The premises of doing blood drives in the high schools are teaching students about the opportunity to give,” Hardin said, “and it’s a great partnership to ask our community to support these young people by donating, giving the gift of life, giving financial contributions to help support disaster relief.”

To donate for this campaign, you can contact Haydon at 859-285-0099 or you can contact the high school at 859-336-5475.
Terrell stressed to make all checks payable to the American Red Cross, not WCHS.

“Just call the high school, ask for me and I can just assign you a student name that you can plug your money into that individual,” Terrell said.

Hardin also noted that the Red Cross is “always looking for volunteers” locally. To volunteer, call Haydon at 859-285-0099 or contact Hardin at 502-331-1893 or susan.hardin@redcross.org.