By Hannah Johnson, Current Staff
WBHS set a school record at December’s blood drive, collecting 499 pints of blood.
The goal for this year’s drive, which was held December 11, was to break the record for largest blood drive in Wisconsin. Though this goal was not achieved, the 499 donated pints set a new local standard, and represented a 17% increase over last year’s total of 426 pints.
“We still hold the largest high school blood drive in the state which allows teenage students to have the opportunity to donate,” said Matt Hoffmann, faculty adviser of the WBHS student council.
There were 275 donors. 17-year-olds had the largest amount with 194 students. 16-year-olds had 163 donors, and 18-year-olds had 68.
The donated blood will serve 56 hospitals in 29 counties and goes to those in need of blood transfusions.
Fay Spambo, head of public relations at the Blood Center of Wisconsin, said the daily goal is 800 units of blood collected throughout the state. In 2012, the Blood Center collected 233,087 pints of blood. Drives like the WBHS event are essential for the state to reach its goals.
Next year’s blood drive will be held Wednesday, December 10, 2014.
(Photographs by Trina La Susa.)