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The gift of life: Students surpass goal at blood drive

Students at Skaneateles High School go out of their way to give in many ways -- from tutoring younger children to engaging in large group service projects.

On March 5 they got really personal. They pulled up their sleeves and gave their own blood in hopes of saving lives.

Students surpassed a goal of 65 pints set by the American Red Cross by 10 pints, netting 75 pints that could effect or save the lives of three people each, for a total of 225 lives.

Jackie Stucker was a first time donor and the first donor of the day. As one of the organizers, she then helped register students throughout the day.

"I tried to encourage them as they came through the door," she said. "I had been a bit afraid it would hurt ... and I was able to tell them that it didn't."

Fellow organizer Victoria Sakal said most of the students who donated blood were "nervous ... not scared, but nervous. Excited but a little anxious."

In addition to the 80 students who volunteered their blood, many students volunteered their time, according to Interact Advisor Karen Price.

"It just couldn't happen without the dedication of these students," Price said.

In addition to Sakal and Stucker, Sierra Prochna and Maggie Carlson helped organize and direct the event.

And then there was Nathan Hunt, who worked from set up at 7:30 a.m. until after the school day ended and all of the tables and chairs were carried away.

Kristen Crandall of the American Red Cross said each pint of blood helps save the lives of three people, as the blood is divided into red cells, plasma and platelets.

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