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August 14, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio - Fairmont High School in Kettering is heading back to school this fall as Community Blood Center's new regional champion in student blood drive participation and donor loyalty.

CBC traditionally kicks off the new year of high school blood drives by honoring the highest-achieving high schools from the previous year with $1,000 High School Leadership grants awards in five categories. Fairmont earned two grant awards for 2016-2017. It claimed the top category of "Most Donors" and also the Red Cord Excellence category for the highest number of graduates who frequently supported blood drives.

Fairmont's fall and spring blood drives totaled 438 donors, including 179 first-time donors and 332 donations for 100 percent of collection goals.  Fairmont overtook rival Wayne High School, the "Most Donors" grant winner from 2015-2016. Wayne finished second to Fairmont in the top donor category for 2016-2017 with 411 donors.

Fairmont also won the Red Cord Excellence grant for the second consecutive year. It goes to the school with the most seniors who qualified for the Red Cord Honor program by registering to donate three times or more during their high school years.  Fairmont's class of 2017 had 136 Red Cord graduates.

Fairmont is the third largest high school in the CBC region, but the remaining grant awards went to three of the region's smallest schools.  Seton Catholic High School in Richmond won the grant for "Highest Percentage of Enrollment" with 175 percent participating in blood drives. It marks the second year in a row that Seton Catholic has won this category and their fourth grant award in three years.

CBC honored the Horizon Science Academy Dayton for "Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment" with 110 percent participation.  The final grant for "Most Improved" went to Troy Christian High School for improving blood drive support by 77 percent.


In the 2016-2017 school year 119 high schools in CBC's 15-county region hosted 220 blood drives, totaling 14,322 registrations to donate, 6,218 first-time donors and 11,185 blood donations.

CBC also awarded nearly 2,500 Red Cords to graduating seniors.

"We're grateful to all our high schools for their enthusiastic support of blood drives and our mission of helping save lives, said CBC Donor Relations Director Andrew Keelor. "Nearly one fourth of all our donations come from high school students. That is an important impact on our community.  From student donors in the largest high schools to the smallest, they all are making a difference."


  • Most Donors: Fairmont High School - In 2016-2017 Fairmont's two blood drive totaled 438 registrations to donate, including 179 first-time donors and 332 donations. Fairmont's first victory in this category comes after a third-place finish last year.
  • Highest Percentage of Enrollment: Seton Catholic High School - Seton Catholic enthusiastically supported the school's three blood drives in 2016-2017 with participation by 175 percent of enrollment.  They won the same category in 2015-2016 with 152 percent of enrollment, and won two grants in 2014-2015 for "Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment" and "Most Improved." Seton Catholic will host four blood drives in 2017-2018.
  • Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment: Horizon Science Academy - Horizon Science Academy Dayton was second only to Seton Catholic High School with 110 percent of its eligible students participating in school blood drives.
  • Most Improved: Troy Christian High School - Troy Christian's spring 2017 blood drive improved by 77 percent over the spring blood drive from the previous school year.
  • Red Cord Excellence: Fairmont High School - Fairmont earned the CBC grant for Red Cord Excellence for the second consecutive year with 136 graduating seniors qualifying for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program. Fairmont won the 2015-2016 award with 81 Red Cord graduates.


  • The CBC/Vectren Creative Scholarship Program for High School Seniors:  This $5,000 scholarship program is supported by a grant from Vectren.  CBC and Vectren annually award $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five graduating, college-bound seniors whose high school hosts a CBC blood drive.  Scholarship applicants are challenged to imagine themselves as leaders of their high school blood drive as they design a winning blood drive marketing campaign.  They must create a theme they believe will be effective in encouraging students to donate and creatively express the theme using conventional marketing techniques or innovative, artistic expressions.  The application deadline is April 20.  Examples of winning campaigns and the 2017 scholarship application are available at
  • The Red Cord Honor Program - Students are automatically enrolled in the program when they register to donate at their Red Cord Honor Program participating high school.  They must register to donate at least three times during their high school career to earn a Red Cord, which may be worn at high school honor recognition ceremonies and graduation.  Seniors have until May 15 (or by the date of their school's final blood drive if it is after May 15) to complete the requirement.
  • Blood 101 Education Program - CBC Education Specialist Cristina Pickle is a certified teacher who visits classrooms (pre-school through high school) across our 15-county region, stimulating young minds with presentations on the wonders of blood science and the human body, the benefits of blood donations and the life-long value of community service.  Her high school workshops also help students prepare for a successful blood donation.
  • The LAB - CBC's "Learning About Blood" mobile classroom is on the move year-round visiting schools and community events.  Kids of all ages can step inside the LAB and plunge into a hands-on learning atmosphere that includes amazing illustrations of the heart, blood components, and circulatory system at work.  For more information about the Blood Education Program contact Cris Pickle at