As students head back to school, we are thrilled to share the results of our Annual Summer High School Blood Donor Challenge. Olmsted County high schools helped keep their school spirit alive! The Olmsted County high schools were divided into 3 groups determined by the number of students and staff at the school. Group 1 consisted of Century, John Marshall and Mayo. Group 2 was Byron, Rochester Alternative Learning Center, Dover–Eyota, Lourdes and Stewartville and Group 3 was Rochester Off Campus and Schaeffer Academy. We are happy to say, it was another fun challenge and the winners for the 3 groups are Century with 8% participation, Dover Eyota with 18% and Schaeffer Academy with 24% participation. These teams will be able to proudly display the traveling trophy.
The other 7 schools were also active in participation and deserve a great pat on the back. John Marshall and Mayo both ended with 5% participation for Group 1. Group 2 had Byron with 13%, Stewartville with 12%, Lourdes with 11% and Rochester Alternative Learning Center with 3%. In Group 3, Rochester off Campus came in 2nd with 12%. Way to go teams!
There were approximately 471 units collected during this summer long challenge. With all donations helping up to three patients, challenge participants made a difference in the lives of many of our patients – thank you! All who donated has helped keep spirits high among our patients and their families during the heat of summer, a time when donors are more scarce due to vacations and busy schedules.
On behalf of our patients, Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center staff wish to thank all who participated in this competition.
For more information about donating blood or next year's Summer High School Pride Challenge, call 507-284-4475 or visit www.mayoclinic.org/donate-blood-rst.