STUDENTS SAVE LIVES ONE PINT AT A TIME
Sarasota, FL – Oct. 30, 2020 – Sarasota Military Academy High School hosted on-campus blood drives for the SunCoast Blood Centers on Oct. 21 and 24, 2020. Currently, SMA High School is the only school in Sarasota County allowing on-site blood drives. Both organizations are committed to following CDC guidelines for Covid-19 mitigation.
Scott Bush, SunCoast Blood Centers CEO, was on-site to congratulate cadets and administration especially SMA Clinic Supervisor Leslie Collier, RN who has held blood drives at SMA for over 15 years. “SMA is helping save lives by supplying local hospitals much needed blood for the community,” said Bush. Blood donations are at an incredible low with blood needs outpacing supply. According to the SunCoast Blood Centers, historically 20% of their blood supply comes from high school students, now they represent only 2% due to COVID restrictions on high schools.
SMA students donated a total of 73 units of blood during the two-day drive—ensuring that over 200 cancer, trauma and Covid-19 patients in our community hospitals have an adequate supply of blood products.
About Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota Military Academy is a nonprofit, tuition-free, public charter school with two unique campuses offering Quality Academics, Character and Leadership Development to students in grades 6 through 12 located in Sarasota, Florida. Founded in 2002, SMA offers a unique academy experience for a diverse student population from its four surrounding counties. Experiential learning underpins an unparalleled academic education and builds life-long core values instilled through its JROTC and Military Studies curricula. Within a culture where every cadet is highly valued, SMA is committed to preparing students for College, Careers, and Citizenship; developing tomorrow’s Leaders; and cultivating Character based upon the steadfast values of Honor, Integrity, and Respect. Sarasota Military Academy High School is located at 801 N. Orange Avenue and Sarasota Military Academy Prep Middle School, is located at 3101 Bethel Lane.
About SunCoast Blood Centers
A registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, SunCoast Blood Centers has provided a reliable supply of safe blood products and services for our community since 1949. SunCoast is the exclusive supplier of blood products and services for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Complex Care Hospital of Ridgelake, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, North Port Emergency Room, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, Englewood Community Hospital and DeSoto Memorial Hospital. SunCoast also partners with Moffitt Cancer Center to provide blood products including pathogen reduced platelets. recognized for its outstanding service, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce honored SunCoast as the 2017 Non- profit of the Year. SunCoast participates in cancer treatment programs, research and provides therapeutic services at the hospitals it serves. For donor locations and more information, visit www.suncoastblood.org or call 1-866-97-BLOOD.