With a proven drive to help others, Seaford High School earned the “Heroglobin” award from the New York Blood Center for surpassing
20,000 blood donations in the 2011-12 academic year. The school was one of eight across Long Island to earn the distinction.
“The commitment to helping others through community service is a strong part of the educational culture here in Seaford,” said Scott Bersin, principal at Seaford High School. “We are proud of our students’ efforts and the wonderful example they set
The high school’s blood drives, held in the fall, winter and spring, are coordinated by the Student Council and advised by teachers Tania Cintorino and Shari Raduazzo. Their strategy for success is to actively secure as many donors as possible before the drives.
“The kids are enthusiastic about it and that spirit is inspiring,” Cintorino
said. “They ‘talk it up’ with their friends and family members and post facts around the school to help raise the awareness of the need for donors...Last year we made a video that showcased former donor testimonials as well as donor recipients. We also advertise at sporting events and around the community.”
According to New York Blood Center representatives, students who organize
high school blood drives not only provide priceless community service, they gain
valuable experience in project management, campaigning and marketing. Scholarships are also offered by NBTY Helping Hands Foundation to students meeting criteria as blood drive leaders. High performing schools are invited to participate in an annual recognition event hosted by Newsday and are acknowledged by the New York Yankees with game tickets and an on-field presentation.
Student Council will be conducting its next blood drive on Friday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the high school gym.