Students save lives with blood donations

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Students helped out the community by donating their blood.

Blood Centers of the Pacific came to Fremont Federation of High Schools on Oct. 20 with the intention of getting students to donate their blood.

The blood drive was held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. This is the third year that Blood Centers held a blood drive at Fremont.

Every year there are about 30 students who register to donate blood, but usually only about 20 are able to donate.

This year, nine out of 32 students could not donate blood because they had low amounts of iron, said Michael Jackson, a Media Academy teacher who helped organize the blood drive.

According to the Blood Centers on the Pacific, the required amount of iron needed in the bloodstream to donate blood is at least 38 milligrams per liter. Many people had lower iron counts.

Others couldn’t donate because they didn’t have the required weight and height.

However, Media Academy senior Jasmin Briceno passed the tests to donate.

“This is my second year donating blood and it makes me feel good to know that my blood will help others,” she said.

Students who donated their blood were rewarded by receiving free snacks and a T-shirt.

Fremont Federation is planning to host another blood drive in May.