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Nassau BOCES Barry Tech students help save lives during first blood drive of the school year

Medical Assisting students from Nassau BOCES Barry Tech collected a total of 223 pints of blood for the New York Blood Center

Medical Assisting students from Nassau BOCES Barry Tech collected a total of 223 pints of blood for the New York Blood Center (NYBC). Medical Assisting Teacher Karen McLean (top, center) and NYBC Account Manager Donna Tavetian (top, right) join student volunteers at the drive: (top, left to right) Katherine Ramirez Arias of the Freeport UFSD, Nysa Gonzalez of the Carle Place UFSD, and Jelani Pitter of the Uniondale UFSD; (bottom, left to right) Jennifer Garcia of the Uniondale UFSD, Jade Mendez of the Locust Valley CSD and Chinyere Akazi of the Uniondale UFSD.

Medical Assisting students from Nassau BOCES Barry Tech career and technical education high school collected a total of 223 pints of blood for the New York Blood Center (NYBC) at the school’s first blood drive of the 2019-20 school year. These vital donations will help to save more than 669 lives. Additional drives will be held February 6-7 and May 20-21 of 2020.

Under the guidance of instructor Karen McLean, Barry Tech Medical Assisting students took the lead in the blood drive, creating awareness and excitement about the event, and recruiting volunteers. These students did whatever was needed to ensure that the blood donation experience went as smoothly as possible. Barry Tech teachers and administrators did their part as well, working together to coordinate and supervise the drive.

“Our students were happy to participate,” said McLean. “They enthusiastically promoted the blood drive, visiting classrooms to encourage fellow students to donate. They also helped facilitate the drive on the day of, collecting donor permission slips and helping donors through the process. They all tell me that it gave them a good feeling to work the drive.”

“The blood drive is a major undertaking and we are extremely grateful to all those who help to support it,” said Barry Tech Assistant Principal Dr. William Poll. “These individuals are not only helping out their community, they’re helping to save lives.”

Barry Tech’s Medical Assisting program prepares high school students for continuing education and careers in the ever-expanding field of healthcare. Students in this program work towards certification as medical assistants.

“Working on the blood drive is really exciting,” said medical assisting student Nysa Gonzalez of Carl Place School District “I'm happy to be a part of something that helps others. Through hands-on group activities like this, Barry Tech is helping me to understand the basics of nursing, especially how to communicate with patients. The whole process is amazing.”