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Granby First Graders Host Blood Drive

Granby Elementary School first graders are lifesavers.

A group of Granby Elementary School first graders proudly stand before a blood drive at the school, which they and the rest of their first grade peers helped organize.
A group of Granby Elementary School first graders proudly stand before a blood drive at the school, which they and the rest of their first grade peers helped organize.

While the students are not old enough to donate blood, their promotion of and work for a recent blood drive at the school will help save dozens of people.

As part of the first grade Listening and Learning domain about the human body, the blood drive served as a project-based learning activity.

Preparation for the drive included the creation of thank-you cards for donors, development of a commercial to promote the event, and the collection of information about the various body systems and components of blood.

Thank you cards were given to all donors at Granby Elementary School’s recent first grade sponsored blood drive.
Thank you cards were given to all donors at Granby Elementary School’s recent first grade sponsored blood drive.

A presenter from the American Red Cross also spoke to students about how the collected blood is used.

First grader Lucas Hammond said his favorite facts were that three teaspoons of blood can save a baby’s life and one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

All first graders also completed several hands-on learning activities about the human body, such as mixing crunched crackers and water together in a baggie to replicate digestion.