South Orangetown Central School District

On November 1, the Tappan Zee High School Blood Drive Team proved why it is the nine-time winner of the New York Yankees High School Blood Donor Championship. In just 12 hours, more than 130 donations of blood and blood products were collected from students, staff, administrators and community members who turned out to support the New York Blood Center. Although just two percent of eligible donors in our region give blood, 82 individuals who regularly participate in TZHS’ community blood drives have each donated more than one gallon of blood over the past eight years.

One donation helps three people, a point made by senior Hudson S., a four-year team member. “I joined as a freshman because I was interested in a nursing career,” she explained. Although her career plans changed, she has remained an active team member. “This is a club that really helps everyone. It’s saving lives.”

Missed the drive? Save the date: The Winter Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday, March 14.

Pictured below: Superintendent Dr. Robert Pritchard, Interim Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Dr. Karen Tesik, NYS Senator David Carlucci and NYS Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee joined the TZHS Blood Drive Club for a special ceremony during the blood drive to honor the 105th Airlift Wing and 106th Rescue Wing units of the New York Air National Guard and the New York Army National Guard for their response to aid victims of Hurricanes Sandy, Maria, Florence and Michael.

TZHS Blood Team members with dignitaries