IB students host blood drive


Parker Swanson

Red Cross volunteers set up for the blood drive inside of the Plymouth Gymnasium.

On Wednesday April 6, 2022, three P-CEP students hosted an American Red Cross blood drive inside of the Plymouth gymnasium. 

The event was hosted by Allie Doroshewitz, Parker Swanson and Alicia Taylor, all of whom are members of the National Honor Society and the International Baccalaureate program. The project was done to fulfill their National Honor Society individual service project requirement.

“We started planning it back in October,” said Doroshewitz. “There were a lot of complications. We struggled with both finding a place within the school suitable for fulfilling the Red Cross COVID-19 requirements, and we struggled with finding a date that would work for the drive to be hosted on.”

According to Doroshewitz, the blood drive had 44 participants. Around 50 students signed up for the event, however, some of the volunteers either became ill or were turned away due to blood donation eligibility requirements. 

According to the Red Cross website, eligible donors must be at least 16 years of age, at least 110 pounds, they must be in good health and they cannot give blood more than six times per year.

“Overall, it was very successful,” said Doroshewitz. “44 people is around 44 pints of blood, and each donation can save up to three lives. That is a lot of lives impacted, and we want to thank everyone who donated for the positive impact it will have on the community.”