October 4, 2019

HOUSTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is again honoring Hardin Houston High School with a $1,000 CBC High School Leadership grant for being a small school with a compassion and dedication to blood donations far beyond its size.

For the second consecutive year Houston has earned the grant for "Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment" participating in school blood drives.  Houston's two blood drive during the 2018-2019 school year had participation by 101 percentage of eligible enrollment and totaled 95 donors, including 38 first-time donors.

CBC's Dana Puterbaugh presented the $1,000 award to Houston Principal Jeff Judy and blood drive coordinators Deanne Chappie and Stephanie Merickel Oct. 3 at a school assembly.

CBC awards two grants in the percentage of enrollment category to specifically reward schools with small student populations. Award-winning schools like Houston host two or more blood drives per year and reach collection goals with the help of students who are frequent donors.

"We're excited that we're spreading the word and getting more kids involved," said Deanne. "It's not always the kids you expect to get behind the blood drive and donate. When student athletes can't donate it's nice to see others step up. The kids are really compassionate, and they get a chance to showcase it."

The $1,000 award will be shared by the Spanish Circle club, sponsor of the fall blood drive, and the National Honor Society, which sponsors the spring blood drive.

Principal Jeff Judy gave praised the blood drive coordinators "for getting students to 'buy in' and participate" and the support for blood drives in the Houston community.

"That level of participation makes that happen," he said. "We're happy to be able to do what we can to contribute to the community as well."

CBC traditionally begins the new year of high school blood drives by awarding $1,000 High School Leadership Grants in five categories to the highest-achieving high schools from the previous year.

Grant winners for 2018-2019 include Miami Valley Career Technology Center for "Most Donors" and "Red Cord Excellence," and Seton Catholic High School for "Highest Percentage of Enrollment" donating, and "Most Improved."

In the 2018-2019 school year 119 high schools in CBC's 15-county region hosted 221 blood drives, totaling 13,418 donors, including 5,631 first-time donors and 10,387 blood donations.