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Gillispie Community Makes Blood Drive A Success

February 17, 2011

When I awoke to drizzle yesterday morning, I was concerned about its impact on the Gillispie Blood and Marrow Drive. But all went gloriously well with volunteers and donors providing their own kind of force of nature. Student government representatives and third graders worked together as greeters, bake sale clerks, and sign holders. Current and former Gillispie parents, La Jolla residents, as well as faculty/staff and several of their spouses came out to give blood. Additionally, $1400 was raised for the San Diego Blood Bank through a bake sale of family-sized desserts provided by the third grade classes. Those who could not donate blood baked treats, gave up parking spots for visitors, and volunteered at the various stations. A special cake was raffled off to add a fun twist to the day. The story of the day would not be complete without noting the wonderful work of Erica Hurley, who organized our second blood drive honoring Sydney Chehab. Mrs. Hurley was the first person I saw setting up early in the morning and one of the last individuals I saw giving blood in the afternoon. Having provided the San Diego Blood Bank with 29 pints of blood and additional names for the National Bone Marrow Registry, metaphorically–and sometimes literally–the sun did shine over Gillispie and I am grateful to all who contributed to the event’s success. Alison Fleming Head of School
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