Granby Elementary School first-graders are lifesavers.
While the students are not old enough to donate blood, their promotion of and work for a recent blood drive at the school will help save dozens of people.
As part of the first-grade Listening and Learning domain about the human body, the blood drive served as a project-based learning activity. Preparation for the drive included the creation of thank-you cards for donors, development of a commercial to promote the event, and the collection of information about the various body systems and components of blood. A presenter from the American Red Cross also spoke to students about how the collected blood is used.
First-Grader Lucas Hammond said his favorite facts were that three teaspoons of blood can save a baby’s life and one pint of blood can save up to three lives.
All first-graders also completed several hands-on learning activities about the human body, such as mixing crunched crackers and water together in a baggie to replicate digestion.