CHS top donor school for Blood As­sur­ance in 2018

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Cedar­town High School col­lected 313 units of life-sav­ing blood in 2018, which made it the No. 1 col­lect­ing high school in all 5 states of the Blood As­sur­ance cover­age area for the sec­ond year in a row.

These ef­forts are headed up by Brigitte Tillery, Cedar­town High School’s blood drive co­or­di­na­tor and the Health­care Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and Nurs­ing As­sis­tant In­struc­tor at the Polk County Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy.

Tillery said the suc­cess of the school’s drives has ev­ery­thing to do with the stu­dents who make the do­na­tions.

“Our stu­dents are the most fabulous stu­dents in Ge­or­gia, and they en­joy help­ing oth­ers,” Tillery said. “The blood drive is a big deal to them. They show up and they show out to give.”

Tillery added the Bull­dogs who are giv­ing back “like to be win­ners.”

“They know in their mind that they have won the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing top donors now for sev­eral years, and they want to stay on top,” Tillery said.

She also reached her 4 gal­lon mile­stone this year as well. Tillery said it was an easy feat to reach af­ter more than two decades in ed­u­ca­tion.

“Ev­ery blood drive we have, if I want my stu­dents to give then I have to set the ex­am­ple,” she said. “They re­spond.”

Blood As­sur­ance also said that along with Tillery’s lead­er­ship, the suc­cess of Cedar­town Highor­ga­nized blood drives are due to the ef­forts and as­sis­tance of the school’s HOSA stu­dents.

They were on hand and helped out at the first De­tec­tive Hearne Memo­rial Drive hosted by the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment in Septem­ber of this year or­ga­nized by an­other long­time giver to Blood As­sur­ance, PCPD Of­fi­cer Andy An­der­son.

“T h i s i s s u c h a n in­cred­i­ble ac­com­plish­ment for a high school to col­lect so many units in a sin­gle year, and for Cedar­town High School to do it back-to-back speaks vol­umes about the lead­er­ship of Tillery, her HOSA stu­dents, and the en­tire Cedar­town com­mu­nity,” Mandy Perry, Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son of Blood As­sur­ance, said in a re­lease. “Blood As­sur­ance, as well as the over 900 lo­cal lives it helped save, is deeply grate­ful for the sup­port and part­ner­ship of Cedar­town High School and its com­mu­nity.”

Cedar­town High School hosted 3 blood drives in 2018 to get to their 313 unit mile­stone.

Tillery said one of the rea­sons why Cedar­town also saw suc­cess in giv­ing blood was work­ing with Blood As­sur­ance, who she said helps en­sure stu­dents that when they make a do­na­tion the process will go as smoothly as pos­si­ble.

“They are great or­ga­ni­za­tion to work with,” she said. “Ev­ery­one works to­gether make sure giv­ing is so easy, and to make the en­vi­ron­ment of do­nat­ing com­fort­able. Some­times our stu­dents are a lit­tle scared their first time giv­ing, so they def­i­nitely help with mak­ing do­nat­ing blood as easy as pos­si­ble.”

Cedar­town High School wants to re­main at the top of the do­nat­ing heap, and that means host­ing more blood drives in 2019.

They’ll start try­ing to beat the more than 300 units do­nated in the weeks to come with an­other drive sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary. Those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing can mark their cal­en­dars for Tues­day, Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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