By Maya Fankulewski
Coronado is hosting the second blood drive of this school year on December 8th throughout the school day. The blood drive is the perfect opportunity for students who fit the requirements to donate to help save lives and receive a cord for graduation.
In order to donate blood, students must fit certain age and weight requirements. Check eligibility for donating by filling out the Blood Drive Sign-Up form. Permission slips can be found outside of the College and Careers room in the library, which must be signed in order to participate in the drive. They must be filled out and brought to the donation drive on December 8th, which will be held in the gym. Students can sign up to donate blood from the first through fourth period. Please not sign up unless you fit all of the requirements to participate.
“I am so excited to donate in this blood drive,” senior Dhanvi Yuvaraj said. “Since I was 16 years old during the first blood drive this school year, I was not eligible to donate. Now that I am old enough, I am so happy to take part in it. I am always trying to help out others as much as I can, and donating my blood has been something I’ve been looking forward to for months.”
Seniors who donate blood twice will receive a cord for graduation. There are a total of four blood drives happening this year, this one being the second one. If students are not eligible for donating blood, they can ask parents or guardians to donate twice in their place, allowing them to still get a cord for graduation.
“I can’t wait to participate in this blood drive,” senior Emily Fankulewski said. “Because school was online last year, I never got the chance to donate. Now that I’m a senior, I look forward to going this week and to other blood drives in the future!”
The Coronado Blood Drive will be held in the Aux Gym from 8 am to 11:47 am. Students must be at least 17 and reach the weight requirements. The blood drive is done through Vitalant, a nonprofit organization.
“This is the second blood drive that I’m going to this year,” senior Brenna Garcia said. “Besides waiting in line, donating blood is actually a pretty quick process. It feels good knowing that each time I donate my blood, it helps save other people’s lives.”