September 25, 2018
Key Club Kicks Off Year with Blood Drive
Visitors to GRHS on Monday, September 25, 2018 saw the Memorial Blood Center bus with a familiar face on it. The newest addition to the Memorial Blood Center fleet features a smiling Katie Thunshelle, GRHS math teacher and Key Club advisor, on its side.
Once the recipient of 23 units of blood during a lifesaving surgery, Thunshelle has transformed that frightening experience and now coordinates regular blood drives at the high school. “To most people, blood donation is taking an hour out of their day and an anonymous recipient,” said Thunshelle. To me, those 23 anonymous people - students missing a class, someone on their lunch break, a retiree - meant the difference between life and death. Without people stepping up in advance, I wouldn’t be here as a mom, wife, and teacher today!”
Key Club and GRHS students generously give of their time and bodies too. “Blood donation me makes me feel super helpful, knowing the statics of how many people need blood every day, and knowing some people can’t donate, makes me want to even more!” said Liberty Blaine, GRHS senior.
During the 2018-2019 school year, GRHS Key Club students will host blood drives on November 20, February 11, and May 7. The drives are open to both students and community members. Consider joining GRHS students on their next drive. In the words of GHRS senior Derreck Bowers, “I don’t love needles, but it's well worth it!”