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Success at the PHS blood drive

By Katie Harris

On October 4, PHS took part in the annual Piqua vs. Troy blood on the school’s stage in the CPA. There were 111 students and teachers registered for this year’s drive.

April Grove, advisor of the Interact Club and math teacher at the high school, was in charge of the blood drive. It was also organized by Community Blood Center of Dayton.

The CBC began operation in September 1964 in Fidelity Medical building on South Main St in Dayton. The CBC served 2 hospitals in the Dayton area. By 1965 they expanded to providing blood to all general hospitals in and around Dayton. Since 1967 CBC has grown to giving blood to 24 hospitals in 15 countries.

A total of 90 units were donated this year compared to 71 units from the 2012 blood drive. Piqua High School reached 102% of their goal.

Out of 111 teachers and students that donated 54 were first time donors.

Piqua and Troy have the longest football rivalry in Ohio, going on since 1899. The blood drive between the two cities started 16 years ago to provide lifesaving blood supplies for men, women, and children in our area.

To participate in the blood drive you must weigh at least 110 pounds and be 17 or older or 16 with parent consent.

Rick Claprood, business teacher of Piqua High School, has been a donor for 10 years. Claprood said, “The best part of donating blood is that it helps save lives.”

The winner of the 2013 Piqua vs. Troy blood drive will be announced at the Piqua vs. Troy game on November 1st.

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