Students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School (JVS) rolled up their sleeves Monday to give the gift of life and learn valuable skills that will help them in their future careers.
Now in its 13th year, the Jefferson County JVS Health Technologies class, in conjunction with the American Red Cross is hoping to save lives by donating blood.
“Everybody usually knows someone who has needed blood some time throughout their lives,” said instructor Tammy Sismondo. “By giving blood you have the potential of saving three lives at least.”
Sismondo went on to say they had more than 70 students sign up to give blood Monday– 20 more people than last year.
Students in the Health Technologies class played different roles during the blood drive, putting the skills they learned in class to work.
“First I had to get people to sign up for the blood drive,” said student and organizer Haley Robinson. “That was kind of hard because people don’t like to give blood.”
Students said they not only felt a sense satisfaction for helping the community, but also a sense of accomplishment.
“It’s amazing because you’re not only helping yourself but you’re also helping other people,” said Lyndsey Fenske, a senior in the program. “It also gives you an experience of what you’re going to be doing.”
At the end of the day, Sismondo said they were able to give about 40 to 45 usable units to the Red Cross.