CES to host Red Cross  Bloodmobile May 2

The students at Cloudland Elementary School may not be old enough to donate blood, but they are discovering that blood donors are livesaving heroes. In addition, they are helping the adults in their lives become these special heroes.
   When Cloudland Elementary hosts an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, May 2, from 2 to 6:30 p.m., its students will act as recruiters, signing up their parents, relatives and other adults to donate blood.
   "Participation in a blood drive is a wonderful way for our students to become aware of community responsibility and develop an attitude of helping others," said Sherrie Greenwell, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross.
   Prior to the drive, students will receive special instruction about blood and the need for a safe and adequate blood supply. Students then receive special training on how to "recruit" donors.
   Students will be recruiting donors who are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in general good health. Each donor will spend approximately an hour at the drive with the actual donation taking about 10 minutes. During the visit, donors will go through a registration process and professional Red Cross staff members will take a brief health history; check blood pressure, pulse and temperature; and test the iron content of every donor's blood. Refreshments will be provided to all donors at the end of the donation process.
   For more information about the blood drive, contact the school office at 772-5310. There is an urgent need for all blood types, especially type O.