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UCS among ten districts honored by Red Cross for blood drive support
UCS among ten districts honored by Red Cross for blood drive support
Posted on 09/06/2019
Red cross reps presenting certificate to Dr. Ross, Dr. JohnsWhen tragedies occur across the world, Utica Community Schools students step up – and their service has been recognized by the American Red Cross. 

UCS is one of only ten regional districts to be honored by the American Red Cross for its efforts to support donations through student blood drives.

"Our students care deeply about about their community and their world," Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. "Through partnerships such as the Red Cross, we are helping students become successful not only in school, but also in life."

Last year, UCS blood drives collected 300 units of blood which helped more than 900 people in need, according to the Red Cross. 

“(UCS) is an important system for us,” Kelley DeLong, American Red Cross territory representative for the greater Detroit area.

DeLong said the red cross drives also encourage students to continue donating throughout their lives.

“What we doing here is literally saving lives,” Board of Education president Dr. Robert Ross said during the award presentation. “We are going to continue to the conversation here to encourage as many people as we can to donate.” 

Dr. Leonard Rezmierski, ARC board and executive committee superintendent representative and superintendent support administrator for Wayne RESA, said the partnership also helps in the classroom. 

“There is a great deal of quantitative analysis information that the Red Cross sends to our kids for science and math,” he said.