High schools play a vital role in the health of our community.
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks holds drives at more than 150 area high schools, with many schools holding three or more drives per year! Around one-third of the blood collected for patients in our community comes as a result of high school blood drives.
Students are in charge of their own drives, from planning to execution. Student leaders are urged to be creative in finding ways to motivate their peers to give. CBCO Donor Recruitment representatives will provide some tried and true ideas and answer any questions.
CBCO offers awards, grants and scholarships to high schools, depending on their level of participation in the donation program. Student groups may hold competitions with rival schools to build participation.
A blood drive is a great way to instill school spirit, improve self-esteem, and give students a stake in the well-being of patients in our area hospitals. Please take a moment to review some of the resources available to high school donors below:
- See where your school ranks in our Throwdown Showdown! There are three categories, ranked according to school size, with each category winner earning a $500.00 scholarship for their school. For the current standings, click HERE.
- When you conduct a drive, you’ll learn leadership skills, organizational skills, communication skills, and provide worthwhile community service. Learn all about organizing your high school blood drive at our annual Leadership Workshops or take a look at our blood drive handbook.
- Sign up for our innovative donor rewards program, LifePoints and begin earning points toward great prizes!
- At age 16, donors must have the written consent of a parent or guardian to donate blood. Students may download a copy of the form to have parents sign before the blood drive.