More than 100 St. Michael the Archangel High School students and faculty donated blood during a blood drive on Feb. 26.
Held in the school gym, the drive benefited Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which provided equipment, nurses and staff. Any student older than 16 was allowed to sign up for a time slot during which they could give blood.
“I think they feel called to donate. Kids learn about giving blood and saving lives when OLOL comes to their religion classes to talk to them,” said Jackie Berthelot, director of student activities. Berthelot has coordinated the school blood drive for the past 14 years.
Junior Emilie Vidrine was nervous but excited about giving blood for the first time.
“I think it’s important to give blood because it’s some people don’t have the capability or resources. I know other people need it,” she said.
Students who donated blood received service hours and a T-shirt.