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Hurley blood drive draws $1,000 scholarship

 

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STUDENTS, STAFF and community members donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive at the Hurley K-12 School on Thursday.

HURLEY — The Hurley K-12 School played host to an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday.

According to elementary secretary Leola Maslanka, it was the third drive that the school has done this year, with 97 pints of blood collected after the first two.

The goal is to have enough units to collect a scholarship from the Red Cross for a graduating senior. Going into Thursday, the school had enough for a $1,000 scholarship and needed 54 more pints to increase the scholarship to $1,500.

“Unfortunately, we came up one short with 53,” said Maslanka. “But we’re happy with everything.

“We already reached our goal for the $1,000 scholarship, and any senior who either donated or attempted to donate, but was referred, will have his or her name put in for the scholarship.”

The event is popular at the school, with many students, staff and community members donating.

“We want to show students that this is an easy way to give back, and they can do this throughout their lives,” Maslanka said. “We have people who graduated two years ago that keep coming back for this drive, so the message is working.

“The Red Cross has said that they like coming here for the drive,” Maslanka said. “We have many participants who donate their time and blood, and we really appreciate it.”