SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School American Red Cross lost no time getting down to work.  The school year had barely begun when they hosted their first blood drive on September 26.

The annex gym was busy all day with students and faculty stopping in to donate and volunteer.  In total there were approximately 45 donors and 50 volunteers.

The American Red Cross Club was happy with the outcome.

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“It was great to see our small school community can have such a big impact on people,” President of the ARCC Michele Scaglione said.  “We were glad to help out the red cross in a time of need.”

The event was scheduled to help meet the need created by Hurricane Florence. 

The ARCC ask for student volunteers in the club to assist by hanging out snack and water. They also helped out by simply talking with the donors while they were having their blood drawn.

“We are so proud of everyone for volunteering and making our first blood drive a success,” Vice President of the ARCC Corinne Groome said.

"Sparta High School is pleased to know that Mr. Merrill and the club with the help of students and staff were able to raise 40 pints of blood during the September drive.  Thank you to all who donated.

The blood drive went on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during which time they collected a total of 45 pints of blood.

“I was looking forward to our first blood drive,” advisor and teacher Craig Merrill said. “It was a success due to all the hard work of the red cross club volunteers and officers.”

Many donors felt good about giving their blood to the Red Cross including Sparta High School junior Gregory Puszcz.  This was his first time donating blood.

“It was a great experience and I plan on doing it next year,” Puszcz said.

"Sparta High School is pleased to know that Mr. Merrill and the club with the help of students and staff were able to raise 40 pints of blood during the September drive," Principal Janet Ferraro said. "Thank you to all who donated."

The club officers are looking forward to next year’s blood drive and hoping to get even more donors in the fall according to Merrill.