While seniors Katie Moser, David McTaggart and Tatiana Haywood promoted the annual St. Elizabeth Blood Drive to other students with perks such as an hour out of class, they hoped students would see the bigger picture: the chance the save someone's life.
The St. E Blood Drive was held March 7 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the St. E Center on the campus of St. Elizabeth High School. A total of 64 units were collected during this year's blood drive.
Moser, McTaggart and Haywood were the student captains running the show this year, with the responsibility of passing out forms to fellow students, and getting to school early to set up.
"We had to plan the whole thing from start to finish," Moser said, who decided to get involved in the blood drive after her dad was diagnosed with cancer.
During the planning process, the captains brought in Joe Farrell's sister, a St. Elizabeth student who is currently battling cancer, to talk with the student body.
"I realized it could be any one of us," Haywood said.
Kendall Cresci, a student from Hockessin, said she decided to volunteer at the canteen because she almost needed a blood transfusion.
"It is a great activity to get involved in," she said.
So even if students are a little scared of needles, the captains put a positive spin on the donation process: "You get a dress down day the next day, food, an hour out of class, oh and you save someone's life," they said.