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Dodging bad weather and irregular schedules, the members of People Inc. were able to sponsor two successful blood drives this school year.

Despite a two hour delay, People Inc. members, working in conjunction with The American Red Cross, were still able to hold their annual blood drive on December 10, with the theme “Give blood; save a life.”

People Inc. members worked to incorporate “The Game of Life” board game feel to the drive. Play money was placed on the lockers of the donors. Members also brought in food for the canteen and Multi-grain Cheerios for the students and teachers that gave blood. Members that did not get to work the blood drive will have the opportunity to work the next one.

Nearly 100 students volunteered to donate blood. After deferrals, a total of 59 units of blood were donated.

blood
Eastwood junior Lena
Krukemeyer watches
as her arm is prepared
for donating blood.
Krukemeyer has
regularly participated
in the school blood
drives. (Photo courtesy
of The Eagle’s Eye)

Four-time donor senior Chandler Haar said, “It feels great to know that I potentially saved three lives.”

The American Red Cross returned on March 2 for the second blood drive of the year. 

With a theme, "Grateful Life" students filled the gym once again to try to be successful donors. In all, 89 units were donated, surpassing the group's goal of 80 units. 

People Inc. works each year to earn scholarships which are awarded to seniors who have given blood or are actively involved in the organization.


Food drive brings cheer
Eastwood High School stepped it up again this year to make sure other less fortunate families get what they need for the holiday season.

Each year the National Honor Society at Eastwood High School conducts a canned food drive to collect money, nonperishable food items, and gifts to make sure area families in need have a happy holiday. The food drive ended December 17.

Students turned items in AA. At the end of the drive the boxes were collected to see which AA accumulated the most items. The winning AAs received rewards.

Mr. David Little's AA won the contest, with Mrs. Kristi Dubois AA coming in a close second and Mr. Terry McKibben's AA placing third. The rivalry to see whose AA could claim victory was more important to students than the treats supplied by NHS to the winning AAs. 

In the previous canned food drives National Honor Society members collected enough to supply over 40 families with several different items. 

Students at the high school once again came through to help their neighbors with more than  3500 cans of food donated and $230 in cash which the NHS members used to purchase Christmas presents for families in need.

(Reprinted with permission from the Eastwood High School student publication, The Eagle’s Eye, March 11 issue)

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