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High School Students Give To On-Campus Blood Drive
Delta Blood Bank technicians and nurses tend to Riverbank High School students participating in the blood drive on Friday, March 18, at the Bruin Gym. The event lasted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students as young as 16 years of age were able to donate with the permission of their parents. Ric McGinnis/The News

Students at Riverbank High School participated in a day-long blood drive on Friday, March 18, on campus.

Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., students were able to join in the blood collection drive in the Bruin Gym.

Delta Blood Bank technicians and nurses were set up throughout the facility, helping students give blood. The drive was open to all on the campus, teachers, aides, administrators and students.

The students received passes to go to the gym where they were donating. Leadership class students were escorting those going to and from classes. They also helped keep up with the appointment schedule, staying on track through the day. Students as young as 16 were allowed to donate, with written permission from their parents. The only ones who were prohibited were athletes competing on Friday or Saturday.

Delta Blood Bank officials reported a total of 36 units of blood were collected, with just eight potential donors deferred for a variety of reasons.