We can all learn a lesson from a recent blood drive coordinated to a large extent by Ashe County High School students.
Because of what it is, the drive was of course actually operated by the American Red Cross, the professionals in the blood drive business.
But to a great extent the success of the effort came from the work of teenagers.
Students who assisted with the blood drive helped with the arrangements to pick-up and distribute refreshments to donors, escorted donors to different stations, as well as provided moral support for those anxious about donating to the noble cause. Three weeks prior to the event, student volunteers collected names from potential donors in the commons area of the high school during lunch hours and even went to the extent of calling the general population in attempt to recruit donors. Although the outside public was encouraged to attend the drive, the majority of donors at this year’s event were students.
The students involved came from the school’s Allied Health Science II classes.
That means that teenagers -- whom we don’t always give credit for responsible decision making n were the chief givers of the life-saving element. They had the courage and found the time to do something that a small percentage of adults find to do. They stood up.
Another group of students was involved in the recruitment of those giving blood. They had the vision to get involved in a worthwhile goal. They made the time. They developed a procedure for making that happen.
They help us all with their gift of time, energy and blood.
They learn valuable lessons about giving and making an effort come together.
They also teach us how we can be better citizens.