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Ellsworth High School hosts record bloodmobile

EHS Physical Education Teacher Julie Graber was among donors when the American Red Cross Bloodmobile recently visited the school. (Submitted photo)

Who doesn’t love to set a record?

That’s why the Ellsworth Student Council was very excited to know results of the American Red Cross Bloodmobile held at Ellsworth High School on March 19 resulted in collecting 153 units, beating out last fall’s record bloodmobile of 150 units. This was an important milestone because so many bloodmobiles were cancelled across the nation because of bad weather.

The EHS Student Council has sponsored bloodmobiles since March of 1982, when yearly the bloodmobile came. Since the fall of 1999, they have sponsored drives during the fall and again in the spring.

Until recently, the Red Cross was only allowed to have ages 17 and up donate. Now, 16-year-olds are able to donate, provided they have a permission slip from their parents. Also, community members are welcomed to donate at the school and drives are scheduled to allow sufficient days in between to allow donors to give at the three drives held at Zion Covenant Church and the two at the high school.

The most recent program of the Red Cross is the “Young Minds Change Lives” scholarship program, in which the school is awarded scholarship money based on the number of units collected at the high school. This spring, EHS will award five deserving seniors $500 scholarships each.

The next community drive held at the church will be Monday, May 19.

Appreciation goes to the students, staff and community members who donated. Also, the student workers and EHS staff are recognized for accommodating the bloodmobile. Special appreciation goes to Nilssen’s Foods for the donation of crackers and the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery for the donation of cheese curds.

Any questions or appointment information can be directed to Sharlene Kreye, RN, District School Nurse, at 715-273-3911.