Love, Blood, and Apple Juice

Curtis' second blood drive of the year.

Greer Gerney

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The first thought that comes to mind on the topic of Valentine’s Day is probably about love, whether that be romantic or platonic, new or old. This year, February 14th found hallways at Curtis aflutter with the excitement that comes with youth and excessive amounts of sugar, amplified by an impending mid-winter break. Before the festivities of a commercial holiday or the antics of ten days-off began, many members of the Curtis community, students and staff alike, gathered in the library to participate in the second of three annual blood drives hosted by the New York Blood Center. Ranging from a quiet third period, to a line out the door during fifth, the event showed the selflessness and generosity of many here at Curtis.

Students and staff from all of the different programs were at the drive to donate, motivated by the simplicity of this good deed and how easy it is to give back. Best put in the words of Jordan Caldwell, a senior in the performing arts program, “If I’ve got it, I’m gonna give it!” For dramatic effect, the crocodile tears were employed, but in all seriousness, Jordan says that the drive is one of the things he’ll miss about being a student at Curtis. Amy Travers, a junior in the IB program, said that she began donating because her mom always has, so when she was old enough, it just seemed like the right thing to do. Though the event was hosted by the NYBC, seniors in the practical nursing program spent the day at the drive helping out as well. Ready to answer questions, calm any symptoms, or hand out apple juice to the donors, they were all excited to be able to put their hard studied skills to good use. In rapid fire succession explaining why they enjoy the drive, Zonovia McClinton, Tehreem Riaz, Koen Mildenstein, Akyra Crosby, Aniya McCaskill, and Nirvanna Moses detailed the exposure and hands-on nursing experience the event allows for that classroom study doesn’t always permit. Communication with patients, observation of symptoms, and practical and professional experience were some of the most frequent responses.

The event can, of course, be considered a huge success, thanks to the dedication of the NYBC staff and altruism of the Curtis community.

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