ACA’s Blood Drive Considered a Success

Liam Hughes

The Charter News

In case you didn’t hear, ACA held a Red Cross Blood Drive on May 2nd. Considering the size of our school, you would think that the turnout would be relatively small. However, we had 50 people show up to donate that day.

“I am extremely happy with how the blood drive went!”, says Mary Norville, an ACA teacher who worked with the National Honor Society to plan and oversee the event.

At first, people seemed reluctant. Mrs. Norville explained,

“I’m not gonna lie: a week out from the blood drive date, we only had 18 people signed up. I was kinda freaking out, but then I got out my clipboard and accosted people in the hallway!”,

At the event it was clear that their luck had changed.

“People were incredibly generous. We even had a number of walk-ins and parents who signed up online.”  

Overall, the Red Cross collected 44 pints of blood, (well over our goal of 30), and they apparently had to turn people away because they ran out of bags.

A blood drive is a great way to help the community, and almost everyone can donate. While 44 pints of blood may not seem like a lot, it has the ability help a great number of people. Each pint of blood has the potential to save three lives. Plus, if saving people’s lives was not enough, a former ACA student bought Dutch Bros. gift cards to student donors.

Hopefully, our school can be a part of this again in the future. Mrs. Norville said,

“If NHS will support me in the endeavor again, we will hold another one next year.”


Norville, Mary. Personal Interview.  May 16, 2017.