LANCASTER – The Star Wars club of Piute Middle School held a successful blood drive last week that collected 76 pints of blood for the American Red Cross.
The event took place from 12 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 in the school’s gymnasium. The tagline for the Star Wars-themed event was, “May the force guide you to donate blood!”
“About 150 kids asked their parents, their friends, their neighbors, their teachers to come in and donate blood,” said Principal Mike Davis. He said many donors answered the call to help, and there were no empty tables all day. All donors received a Cold Stone Creamery coupon and Laugh Factory tickets.
In keeping with the event’s theme, there was a cake contest where students designed Star Wars-themed cakes. The student with the winning cake received a prize, and the cakes were served to the blood donors.
A highlight of the event was a visit from Star Wars characters in full costume, who spoke to students about their day jobs.
“We have a voice actor, we have an Origami author, and then we have a high school teacher who dresses up too,” Davis said.
This community blood drive is a continuation of the focus on community service that the Star Wars club has cultivated in students for the past five years.
“There always a need for blood,” Davis said. “This allows them to do something good by helping out others.”