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FAIRMONT LEADS THE WAY IN HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVES - GRANT-WINNING FIREBIRDS ARE TOPS IN DONORS & RED CORDS

September 1, 2017

KETTERING, Ohio - Community Blood Center honored Fairmont High School in Kettering as the regional champion in student blood drive participation and donor loyalty with the Aug. 30 presentation of two $1,000 High Leadership Grants.

CBC begins the new academic year of high school blood drives by honoring the highest-achieving high schools from the previous year with awards in five categories. Fairmont earned two grants 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.  Rival Wayne High School was the "Most Donors" grant winner from 2015-2016. Wayne finished second to Fairmont in 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 High School is honored to receive not one but two of the High School Leadership grants," said Fairmont Activities Coordinator and blood drive coordinator Corey Miller. "We take a lot of pride in our blood drives and students are always excited to participate."

Fairmont will use the awards to support a new in-house food pantry for high school students in need and the Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports program.   "We will continue to support our PBIS program by purchasing student awards and rewards," said Corey. "Students are being rewarded throughout the year as they are caught being responsible, respectful, safe, and kind."

CBC also honored Seton Catholic High School in Richmond for "Highest Percentage of Enrollment," Horizon Science Academy Dayton for "Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment," and Troy Christian High School for "Most Improved."

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.