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Smithville High School Participates in Blood Drive

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At the blood drive Chris Heslinga, associate principal, is getting pierced to get his blood drawn. Stuco hosted the blood drive on November 1st, 2017.

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Marcus Honeycutt, a Junior at SHS, and many other students engage in the yearly blood drive at Smithville High School, trying to help others in need around the Kansas City area.

“It was a little cold and a little nerve-racking, but oddly friendly,” Honeycutt said.

   Every two seconds, someone is in need of blood. A single person in a car accident needs at least 100 pints of blood, according to

“I think it’s an amazing cause. The thought that my blood could help someone in need will make me happy. From the time she put the needle in my arm to when she took it out was probably about 30 minutes,” Honeycutt said.

Setting up a blood drive in the high school will benefit many people in the Kansas City area and is a way to support those who need it to save their own lives. Petra Williams, Student Council Adviser, thought it was a great idea for starting a blood drive.

“I have 9 years of experience in Student Council so this is my 9th one,” Williams said. “We do blood drive’s every year. I think this year we worked pretty closely with someone from the community bank and she really stressed to us about why we get blood and what the need is in the Kansas City area and how much it helps for high schools to support the blood that we give. It goes to Children’s Mercy because it’s considered ‘fresher blood.’ I think that the students in charge this year had an extra incentive to do that,” Williams said.

Seeing the importance of the blood drive and what it can do for others, Kinsey Luebbert took charge and helped host the annual blood drive.

“Last year, I wanted to donate, but I just never got my form turned in, and then this year whenever they were taking people to be in charge, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to be in charge of something,” Luebbert said. “But I think it’s really good because it saves people’s lives but we got a lot of donations and we filled up our charts so that was really good.”

After donating blood many students left the PAC feeling exhausted and drained but it’s not always the feeling afterwards that keep people uneasy, for many it is the process in which the blood is drawn.

“I don’t care for needles, so that’s probably one of my biggest things is that I don’t like needles, but I just don’t look,” said Tracy Platt, principal.

Platt is also “really appreciative” that they had done the drive at the school.


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