There are many opportunities for student organizers to bring Canadian Blood Services into their schools, including:
- Blood Donor Clinics
- High School Challenges
- High School Curriculum Program
1. Blood Donor Clinics
If you would like to organize a blood donor clinic, please ensure that you contact Canadian Blood Services in your community first. After completing a site inspection, we will be happy to assist you with:
- Setting a date, time and place
- Building a blood donor clinic team
- Advertising and promoting your clinic
- Recruiting and scheduling donors
- Recruiting your volunteers
- Following up after your clinic
2. High School Challenges
Young adults are responsible and want to make a difference. If your school has a soaring school spirit and some local area “rivals”, we can assist you in launching a High School Challenge.
- If your school already has a blood donor clinic, contact the student organizer.
- If your school does not already participate in a blood donor clinic, contact your local Canadian Blood Services Clinic Coordinator as your first step.
- Approach your homeroom teacher for permission and support.
- You’ll need a dynamic group of people from your school to help spread the word about the Challenge.
- Identify a Media Room sponsor to help promote your challenge. Offer to make the students of your school their number one fans to encourage their involvement.
- Determine the criteria for winning. Will it be the most units of blood (if the number of students 17 and older is almost equal in each school) or the highest rate of participation of eligible students?
- Arrange a fun and inexpensive reward that will motivate students in your school to get involved. It could be as simple as having the winning school’s banner in the “rival” school’s lobby for a week.
3. High School Curriculum Program
The What’s Your Type? Classroom Learning Session is designed to support the curriculum of the Grade 11 Advanced Biology class by providing an interactive ABO blood typing experience. The program is flexible and may suit other subjects and/or grade levels.
The session involves a 75-minute presentation for a class size of approximately 30 students. The topics covered include:
- Blood is a tissue
- Functions of blood within the body
- Components of blood
- Blood volume
- Discovery of human blood types (Landsteiner)
- Modern ABO system
- ABO blood typing of all students in the class*
- Comparison of student blood types to Canadian statistics
- Current theories related to human blood types
If you are interested in bringing this program to your school, share this information with your teachers and have them contact your local Canadian Blood Services location or call 1 888 2 DONATE.
*A parental consent form is required for students under the age of 17 who would like their blood typed.