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DHS hosts HOSA blood drive
January 29, 2019

The Dysart High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club hosted a blood drive on Friday, January 25 as part of the Vitalant (formerly United Blood Service) High School Challenge. The drive is one of four throughout the year which helps Arizona’s youngest blood donors make their mark on the community by supporting lifesaving blood donations.

Dysart HOSA hosts quarterly drives to support local hospital needs. The Vitalant High School Blood Drive Challenge emphasizes community service with a focus on lifesaving activities. Students develop leadership skills as they coordinate blood drives at their school. Each school is assigned to one of eight divisions based on the school’s senior class size and geographic location and can earn awards based on the number of donations. In addition, students who serve on their blood drive committee can earn a $1,000 scholarship.

HOSA has taken on this initiative since 2015, earning awards ranging from Silver to Platinum. The students have had a successful year thus far, with the addition of over 30 donations at their most recent drive, and a goal to win a division title. The fourth and final drive will be held at Dysart High School on April 19, 2019 from 7:30am-12:00pm.

HOSA is a student-led Career and Technical Student Organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, and collegiate students interested in a career in health care. HOSA helps build the confidence of students by providing opportunities and responsibilities that lead to realistic choices of careers and successful employment in the healthcare field.

Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers and supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.
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