Blan FFA hosts PALS, blood drive


By Chloe Taylor - FFA chapter reporter



Students and staff giving blood at the annual blood drive.


Courtesy photos

The Blanchester FFA put on an after-school program called PALS in October with a total of 28 fourth-graders participating.

To help students get into the fall spirit, they were taught about the many uses of pumpkins, where they came from, and the overall history of pumpkins. FFA members mingled with the fourth-graders as they painted their own pumpkins to take home — and the fourth-graders displayed smiles as well as the blue, yellow and red paint they were using.

After the activity was over, members and students sat together to enjoy pumpkin-flavored treats along with juice.

“I had a great time working with the kids,” said Bradley Brown. “I thought they were pretty funny.”

We would like to thank the parents who allowed their children to take part in the wonderful program, as well as the kids who were so eager to be a part of it. We hope to see you all next month along with new faces!

Thank you to the members who participated and helped make this happen. Keep up the great work!

FFA blood drive

The Blanchester FFA hosted a yearly blood drive on Oct. 25. This was a very successful year, with 55 students and guests signed up, with only 12 people deferred.

Chapter officers and committee members set up the night before to get an early start on the big event.

The next morning, they showed up 30 minutes early to begin cooking and getting drinks ready. Donors were offered many foods such as hot dogs, sausage, peanut butter sandwiches, and many snacks including chips, cookies and more.

The process was very organized and easy to complete. As donors came to the gym, they signed in, went through a screening, asked questions, and began the process of giving blood.

We would like to thank the nurses and staff workers for being so kind and generous!

We would also like to thank each and every blood donor this year, even the few who had been deferred. With the 43 people who had successfully given blood, that could potentially save 129 lives!

https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/11/web1_ffa-pumpkins.jpgCourtesy photos

Students and staff giving blood at the annual blood drive.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/11/web1_ffa-blood-drive.jpgStudents and staff giving blood at the annual blood drive. Courtesy photos

By Chloe Taylor

FFA chapter reporter