Albany High's life-saving donations
ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct.
5, 2018) – The stage was set for a
series of life-saving performances in the auditorium as Albany High
School held the first of its three annual blood drives in partnership
with the American Red Cross on Thursday, Oct. 4.
The Albany High community pitched in
throughout the day to donate 64 much-needed pints of blood – each of
which can save as many as three lives. This year’s drive was organized
by senior Chyann Johnson along with librarian and faculty adviser Alicia
“It’s a great opportunity to do something for
the community,” Abdul said. “It becomes one more part of our school
culture of togetherness and giving.”
“It’s really nice to see that at a young age
we can make such a difference in our community,” added Johnson.
New this year, students and staff had the
option to save even more lives in another capacity, thanks to an organ
donor sign-up station orchestrated by health teacher Elizabeth
Lopatniuk. In its first year, this initiative helped register 36 staff
and students as donors.
The next drive will be held on Jan. 10.
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The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
about 9,500 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.