Brock High School receives a $500 grant after meeting specific criteria for Carter BloodCare’s Great Grants Program.

The grant will be presented at their Oct. 10 school blood drive, to kick off the fall semester.

Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in more than 50 counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 400,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products.

High school blood drives contribute greater than 20 percent of total annual donations to the community blood supply.

Brock ISD Communications Director Natalie Parish said the district met its goal of hosting three blood drives in a school year. Students and staff participate in the blood drives, which are held at different times to get the most participation, Parish said.

“We are very proud of our students and staff for their time and dedication in donating to Carter BloodCare,” Parish said.

The grant money is expected to contribute to the National Honor Society’s benevolent fund, Parish said.

“The National Honor Society has organized and coordinated over the past several years on all drives and projects,” Parish said. “The group has put together a benevolent fund and has chosen to deposit these grant dollars into that fund. Each year, the group helps those in times of need and crisis.”

Carter BloodCare awards this grant to public and private high schools, ranging from $500 to $2,500, depending on their UIL school ranking. The eligibility criteria for receiving a Great Grant fall into two categories based on the school’s current involvement.

If the school currently hosts Carter BloodCare blood drives, they must: meet their blood donor number goal; attend or host a great leader event; and host a minimum of three blood drives, with two during the school year and during school hours.

If the school is not currently hosting Carter BloodCare blood drives, they must host a minimum of two blood drives and achieve the blood donor number goal(s) established by their Carter BloodCare consultant.

For more information on how schools can become a Great Grants partner, visit gr8students.org. To host a first blood drive, call 877-385-8724.

Weatherford Democrat reporter Madelyn Edwards contributed to this article.

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