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ICTC: Blood drive held to help save lives

by y MORGAN JOHNSTON, TORRI MILLER and CHANEL SHERRY, Gazette Student News Reporters on October 25, 2013 10:50 AM

A blood drive was held at the Indiana County Technology Center on Thursday. American Red Cross hosted the blood drive in association with the Health Occupations Technology program at the ICTC. It was held in the Health Occupations classroom.

The blood drive is Angela Ferringer’s (health occupations student) graduation project. There were 63 people signed up to donate blood on Thursday. The blood students donated can help save lives; every time one person donates, three lives can be saved. On average, a red blood cell transfusion is approximately three pints. Every two seconds someone needs blood in the United States and more than 44,000 donations are needed each day.

ICTC is privileged to have American Red Cross and Health Occupations Technology team up to help save lives.

Recycle-Bowl

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: ICTC saves the earth one bottle at a time! Students and staff at the Indiana County Technology Center are teaming up to recycle bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, magazines, newspaper and even books for the Recycle-Bowl Competition. Since Monday, students and staff have been throwing their recyclable material into designated boxes for this competition.

Every Monday until Nov. 15, ICTC Principal Mike McDermott will be handing out special treats as a reminder and encouragement to recycle, even after the competition is over.

This is for a great cause and is not only helping the earth, but also teaching everyone about teamwork and how such little efforts can make such a huge impact. One school in each state that collects the most recyclable material will win $1,000 for their school, and a national champion will be chosen from the top statewide winners to receive additional prizes.

Billon leaving board

Alison Billon, a representative of the Indiana Area School District and member of ICTC’s Joint Operating Committee (JOC), has announced that she is leaving the board. Billon has served on the board for nine years, from 2004 to 2013.

Her knowledge and input proved vital to the success and continued improvement of our school.

“Ms. Billon has always been an advocate for ICTC … its students and staff. After nine years, Ms. Billon will be leaving the board to pursue other interests. It is sad for ICTC because we will miss her greatly; however, I feel blessed to have worked with such a knowledgeable, devoted, enthusiastic JOC member,” Carol Fry, director of ICTC, said gratefully. “Ms. Billon will be greatly missed, but we wish her the best of luck in pursuing other interests.”

PHOTO: Angela Ferringer, a Health Occupations student at Indiana County Technology Center, organized a blood drive that was held at the school on Thursday. (Morgan Johnston/Indiana County Technology Center)

PHOTO: Indiana County Technology Center students Monica Phillips, left, and Brittney Pileski are showing their competitive excitement for recycling.  (Torri Miller/Indiana County Technology Center)

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