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The American Red Cross regularly holds blood drives at businesses and schools. But a drive on  Thursday at the Greenbush Education Service Center was coordinated by a student on a mission.

  "Stacie, what I’m gonna do is do a thirty second scrub." A Red Cross phlebotomy prepared an arm for a blood donation.
Their passion for the job inspired Independence high school junior Cy Smith. He’s part of a Gifted and Talented Class at Greenbush.

His interest in medicine made planning a blood drive a perfect fit for his community service project.
Cy explained, "I love the atmosphere of it. The people they all have their different reasons. Some people are personal.  Some people are just doing it cause it’s the humanitarian thing to do."

Cy has planned other blood drives before.  Two at his school and some organized on his own.  This one marked his fifth but he has more planned. He understands the effort can save lives.

Cy added, Personally, when I donate, thats always satisfying. That its like you can help three different people with one donation. I think thats kind of something I impress on people.  Like different students in my grade who want to get involved in donating or  in helping organize them. Thats definitely something I think is influential in people donating or not.  
 

He also saw an example of donating with his grandmother.

He said, "She's donated so many gallons and stuff so that’s kind of what intrigued me when I was younger.  If my grandma does it, it must be cool."
 

And he added, Ive had a couple closer family members whove needed blood a lot. Thats one thing.
And Cy knows there’s a need.  "In this area there’s not very many people that do drives besides schools and some businesses. I think getting it out there and getting the need for blood, everybody knows we need blood, but I think the constant activism of youth sparks even adults."

Blood donor Stacie Clarkson works at Greenbush and said she’s proud of the students.  "I want to be supportive of what they're trying to do for their community," she said.

Red Cross representative Jan Hale is grateful for Cy.  She said,
"
The Red Cross is grateful to all our blood drive coordinators but to have one as young as Cy to already know the importance of blood donation and helping to save lives, is a wonderful, grateful gift for the Red Cross." 

While medicine is Cy's passion, there are some academic lessons learned by doing the community service projects.

He explained, "Making sure everybody knew where to be, what to do what paperwork to do,all that stuff. There is a lot of planning that goes behind it that involves communication and delegation."

His teacher Kathy Clapp added, "They want to learn. They want to be involved. They want to make a difference. By doing projects, where  they're able to work on their own develop their own skills,  they learn and they're super motivated." Clapp added, "One of the skills I see them developing  is communication. Contacting people, talking  to them, making phone calls, arrangements,  scheduling appointments. Those seem like little things but those,  they're skills that need to be developed in life that they'll use forever. Simply being organized. We don't do it for them. We help them make connections. We  facilitate but they do it on their own. So,  they  have to do the groundwork.  They have to develop everything on their own. We also encourage them to research.  Why is he doing a blood drive? He has to come up with the reasons why its important to him." 

"You are saving up to three lives today, " a phlebotomist told a donor.  "Oh wow!  See that's cool, " said Stacie Clarkson.
The blood drive  had scheduled  twenty-five donors. Cy says drives organized at the high school usually bring in fifty donors.
 Another student in Cy's gifted education class is planning a bone marrow registration drive..

   

 

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