Peabody Elementary School practices the philosophy of giving back. Earlier
this month, the school raised $800 for Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts – the
funds were donated to the American Red Cross. On Monday, January 28, from
12 to 6 p.m., the school will continue is outreach work by hosting a
community-wide blood drive to support storm victims. During the six-hour
period, the Red Cross Blood Bus will be parked outside the school at 2086
Young Avenue for parents, staff and any adult community member to donate
blood conveniently, right in the heart of the Cooper-Young Historical
District. Students who are members of the Peabody Beta Club will serve as
volunteers for the event.
weeks following the massive storm that hit the Northeastern United States in
late October, hundreds of blood drives were forced to cancel due to the
devastation. Since blood is still needed, the Red Cross urges citizens in
non-affected areas to make blood donations as a way to help.
"We teach our students about civic
responsibility and helping those in need of help," said Kongsouly Jones, principal of Peabody Elementary School.
"At our school, an International Studies theme exists to teach children about
diversity, responsibility, tolerance and acceptance. Not only is it
important to be academically sharp, it's vital to be responsible people who
help others in need. This is one way we can demonstrate how to be
responsible and take care of our community."
Citizens who wish to sign-up online to
donate blood may do so by visiting www.redcross.org and following the prompts under "Give
Blood." From there, donors will find the Peabody Elementary School
For more information about the Red Cross Blood Drive at Peabody Elementary School, send an email to Jenifer Eoff, the school's resident assistant principal and instructional facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Peabody School teacher Emily McMillen, at email@example.com. Interested citizens may also call the school office at (901) 416-4606.