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Albany High's life-saving donations

photo of librarian Alicia Abdul and senior Chyann Johnson posing in front of blood drive signALBANY, 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 Abdul.  

 

“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 serves 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.

         
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