PVHS gives back through “Give a Pint”

On Thursday, March 14, students of Perkiomen Valley High School gathered in the auxiliary gym for a noble cause: the annual blood drive event. Organized under the leadership of Mr. Lyons and Mrs. Herr, along with the support of the Key Club, this event aimed to address the critical need for blood donations within the community.

For nearly a decade, the blood drive has been a cornerstone of Perkiomen Valley High School’s commitment to service. Despite interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Lyons expressed determination to restore the event’s original biannual frequency. The school’s resilience and dedication highlight its mission to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

“It’s good to know that my blood is going to help someone who needs it,” senior Georgia Loladze said. 

Behind the scenes, student volunteers worked diligently to ensure the smooth operation of the blood drive. Their efforts, though often unseen, are essential to the success of the event.

“First, you have to get the go-ahead from administration, superintendents, the principals, custodial staff, and others,” Mr. Lyons said. “Then you need to coordinate with the blood bank, pick a date, and then the promotion and marketing for the event itself begins.” 

Volunteers play a crucial role in the execution of the blood drive, leaving a lasting impact on both the donors and themselves.

“I love being here because I get to talk to people I wouldn’t usually talk to, and I find that the people who donate blood are really nice – they’re givers,” senior Casey Sitron said. “Volunteering is fun too, and it’s easy to get involved.” 

The impact of the blood drive extends far beyond the donations themselves. By participating in this event, students not only contribute to a vital cause but also learn invaluable lessons.

“It’s not just about the blood; it’s about building a culture of giving back,” Mr. Lyons said.