Burns Park 5th graders assist with annual blood drive—the largest blood drive held at any school in the state

The 17th Burns Park Elementary School/American Red Cross Blood Drive was back Tuesday for the first time since 2019. Ninety-five pints of blood were drawn during the six-hour event at the school, where fifth graders under the direction of teacher Sandy Kreger assisted in various ways, from greeting donors to childcare. It was the largest elementary school blood drive in the state of Michigan and broke a record set previously by none other than Burns Park Elementary.

Kreger said she got the idea to start a blood drive years ago, and her students and many volunteer parents and community members help make it happen. She said her students each year are excited to learn that one pint of blood can save three lives and that this is a way they can make a difference.

The event—which was postponed due to an ice storm this winter—was held on a day AAPS buildings were closed for Election Day, and students could have had a day off.

“It was a labor of love,” she said.

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