Riverview High wins blood drive award
RIVERVIEW - These Sharks save lives one drop of blood at a time. Riverview High School recently won the school blood drive award in a competition sponsored by America’s Blood Centers. The award, announced by Florida Blood Services, a division of One Blood Inc., was presented during a recognition celebration at the school. “These young donors have made a real difference in the lives of patients and families in our community,” said Daniel Eberts, community and donor relations manager for Florida Blood Services. “Part of a good education is learning to give. Riverview High donors have exemplified this lesson well. We are very grateful for their lifesaving support.” Over the past five years, students, staff, alumni and parents have given 7,011 blood donations during the 25 campus blood drives.Principal Bob Heilmann, an 8-gallon blood donor himself, is usually the first in line at the bloodmobiles. The drives are sponsored and promoted by members of the student government association, under the leadership of faculty adviser Laura Hike. The committee recruits students to give blood, coordinates the flow of donors, and sponsors a cookout to feed donors. “Every year students give from their hearts,” Hike said. “They know there is a need to donate and they always step up to give. My SGA students work hard to get the message out to students and the community to donate.” For more information on how you can donate, log onto www.oneblood.org.
Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at (813)277-8181.