Lincoln-Erdman principal John Pfaff
waves to the camera while he is
donating a pint of blood during the
school's third annual blood drive
for the American Red Cross.
Lincoln-Erdman is the only elementary
school in the Sheboygan Area School
District who sponsors this type of blood drive.
On Wednesday, March 10, the Lincoln Erdman Student Council held the school's third annual blood drive for the American Red Cross. The blood drive was held in the school's multi-purpose room from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. This year, the school's goal was to collect 35 pints. A total of 34 pints of blood were donated. Organizers of the event attribute this success to their students. All Lincoln-Erdman students were given the assignment to ask family members and friends to donate a pint of blood for the Red Cross.
During the blood drive, Student Council members provided free childcare. Staff members and families of Student Council members donated homemade goodies for the blood drive. During the blood drive, Student Council workers watched children while their parents donated, they served food to the donors, and also checked the donors in when they arrived.
The Student Council is planning another blood drive for next school year. When Student Council members were asked about the importance of holding a blood drive, they commented, "People who have been in accidents, people with cancer or leukemia, and even premature babies are some of the people who need blood or blood products to keep them healthy. Blood cannot be made in a factory - it has to come from people, but did you know that only 5% of Americans, who can donate blood, do donate? All different kinds of people use the blood, but not many people are donating it. It's a growing problem in our country that needs a solution quickly. So, we need to do our part to solve the problem."