John Tyler High School AVID students know the importance of helping others. Because of their dedication to hosting multiple community blood drives over recent months, Carter BloodCare recently awarded them with a $2,500 grant as part of their Great Grants Program.
To be nominated for the grant, participating schools must meet the following criteria: meet their collection goal; host all blood drives during school hours; attend a Great Leaders Initiative event; host a minimum of two blood drives during the school year; and host an additional blood drive during a time of need. John Tyler students organized two blood drives during the 2016-17 school year and one over the summer.
“We are so excited about receiving this grant from Carter BloodCare,” AVID sponsor April Caldwell said. “We plan to use the grant to purchase Chrome Books for our sophomores.”
The Great Grants Program rewards schools that have a spirited approach to supporting the community blood supply by hosting blood drives and providing Carter BloodCare the opportunity to collect blood through automation at appropriate drives. Automation takes slightly longer than a whole blood donation, but allows for collection of more of the blood products that patients need at a specific time, such as platelets or double red cells.