Granby Elementary 1st graders host blood drive


Granby Elementary School first-graders have worked hard to build a solid science foundation, beginning within the first couple of months of the 2017-2018 school year.
 
Several students became fascinated with during a recent Listening and Learning unit on the human body, in which they learned all about blood and its components, how to keep bodies healthy and the body systems: circulatory, muscular, skeletal and digestive. Teacher Elizabeth Amyot-Sturgeon said the science lessons they learn this year will help pave the way for a better understanding of biology and other sciences as they reach higher grade levels.
 
For now, the students were ecstatic to visit the blood drive they recently hosted. Student Caleb Simpson was so intrigued with the process he asked an American Red Cross worker how people can give blood and stay alive, and he knew people can’t give blood until they are 16 years old. Aiden Benton said he loved learning about all 206 bones in the human body and Colten Fellows said his favorite fact was how the brain controls all of the body’s functions “and makes us smart.”
 
The students were engaged in asking questions about who receives blood, how much blood a person can receive and how donated blood is kept safe. They also were excited to check out their handmade thank you cards for donors and posters that were displayed throughout the hallways, enticing people to donate blood.
 
Each class received clean, empty vials of blood so they could talk more about the blood-donating process in class.