The John Tyler High School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) club recently hosted a school wide blood drive through Carter Blood Care (CBC) where students donated 125 units for the community. The school hosts the blood drive every year with various student groups organizing everything from promotional efforts to donor registrations.

According to AVID teacher, April Caldwell, some students were turned away this year because of the already large turnout. "Our students never cease to amaze me," Mrs. Caldwell said. "There is pride among them in helping others that really makes me proud to be at John Tyler."

According to Lanie Jennings, donor recruitment consultant for CBC, the 125 units collected by John Tyler students will help hundreds of lives across East Texas.

"The AVID group did a phenomenal job getting students signed up and also working the blood drive to make sure it went as smoothly as it did," Jennings said. "Thank you to all of the donors who showed great maturity and respect to our team and to each other. Thank you to the administration and teachers for allowing CBC to come out and letting the students come to donate. Huge thanks to Mrs. Caldwell who took on this responsibility and did an awesome job. Together we will save lives!"

John Tyler senior Oralia Arzaluz didn't let her fear and nerves talk her out of becoming a first-time donor. "I was scared to give blood at first, but I wanted to help others," she said. "After I gave, I felt so good about the lives I was helping to save. My friends all cheered for me; it was a nice feeling."

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