Blood center honors school, adviser with awards

Canyon High School will be honored as the 2011 High School of the Year for the annual blood drive at a luncheon Tuesday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Civic Center Heritage Room.

 Coordinator Lance Culbert and 16 students facilitated the blood drive Feb. 29. Seventy-six people gave blood at the drive with 53 units of blood donated. Culbert has coordinated the event as Key Club adviser for the past three years and was named High School Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year as part of the award. This is the first time Canyon has won the honor from among the 52 schools that participated.

 “It’s a good honor,” Culbert said. “I’m just glad to get recognition for the school.”

 Culbert said the blood drive is the first time that many students give blood. Culbert assigns students who may be too young to participate as runners or assistants to assist in the blood drive.

 “The drive works with Key Club and the Coffee Memorial Blood Center,” Culbert said. “It is important for students to participate in the blood drive because everyone benefits.”