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Blood Drives Offer Lessons in Learning
Date:10/5/2009

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the school season underway, New York Blood Center would like to encourage students, teachers and faculty to please organize blood drives at their schools, a process that teaches community service and leadership skills, and offers a learning experience for both students and the surrounding community.

The Little Doctors Program(R) is the brainchild of Karen Brothers, a middle school educator. Now in its 13th year, it provides students an opportunity to learn from the experience of organizing and planning a community blood drive. As part of the Little Doctors Program®, students participate in a special lesson about the lifesaving properties of blood and how it is used in their community. They then recruit family members and neighbors for a blood drive to be held at the school. At the blood drive the students are outfitted in hospital scrubs where they serve as "Little Doctors" to greet donors and serve post donation refreshments. To date, about 600 elementary and middle schools have sponsored Little Doctors Program® blood drives.

New York Blood Center (NYBC) offers scholarships for high school and college students who initiate and coordinate successful community blood drives. High schools willing to host two blood drives per school year will receive a $250 scholarship for one student, or two scholarships at $250 each if three blood drives are held. Students who independently organize and introduce a new blood drive within their community may earn a $250 scholarship if the drive yields at least 30 blood donations and $500 if that blood drive yields 50 or more blood donations. All scholarships are made payable to the student's choice of college.

Organizing a blood drive can be a thoughtful way of honoring or remembering someone special within the school community. Over the years, hundreds of blood drives have
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