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Knox County Elementary Fifth Grade Students Urge Citizens to Give Blood

By:  Kennedy, Myleigh & Emma

We are Knox County 5th graders writing an article about Kathy Wever. Kathy is a paraprofessional at our school. She specializes in math. She comes around to our classrooms and helps out.

Kathy had heart surgery. She had to get a lot of blood from blood donors. She went to the hospital almost a year ago because she had a blockage in her heart and she was anemic, which means she did not have enough iron in her blood.

She was in the hospital for nine days, two of those days she was in the Kirksville hospital, and then she went to a Columbia hospital for seven days. At Kirksville, she had to have two units of blood because she needed the iron. When she went to Columbia, she had to have a triple bypass surgery. After that, she had to get one more unit of blood. She had a lot of people come and see her, especially her family.

Blood donors are really important to Kathy, because if she didn’t have blood donors, she doesn’t know where she would be today. Donating blood is really important. It is really important because every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Sometimes when you donate blood, it could help you. If you need a surgery, you can use your own blood that you donated.

If you donate blood, the doctors will look at it. They could see if there is anything wrong with it. You may find out you have a disease.

You should also give blood because, when you get older, you may need blood just like some other people who need blood. You may think that lots of other people will give blood so you don’t have to. That’s not right!

You may have a rare blood type that not a lot of other people have. You may be in high school and you could earn a scholarship. Also, not everyone who tries can give. Before you give blood, you need to eat a lot of iron-rich food, and you need to drink at least 16 ounces of water. If you would like to help save lives, like someone did for Mrs. Wever, come join us at the Knox County Community Center in Edina, MO on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information go to or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Dear Sentinel Readers,

Hello!  My name is Blake.

Have you or a family member ever given or received blood?  If you have, then you already know how.  If you haven’t, then you need to stay healthy and eat proteins.

These are a few reasons to donate blood.  If your teenager donates, they could get a scholarship.  Remember, one pint of blood can save three lives.  If you donate blood you will save a life and that helps our world grow, which increases how many people live on this planet.  You would be giving blood for an amazing cause. If you are willing to donate blood, call 1-800-733-2767.  You can go to

If you don’t think you have time, you could talk with your boss.  Knox County has a blood drive on March 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Edina.  If you are scared, bring a friend to comfort you and maybe they can donate as well.

Thank you for thinking about it!



Dear Sentinel Readers

Hi there! My name is Maddie. I am 11 years old.

Have you ever thought about giving blood? If so, it would be very helpful because you could save three lives! I would like to encourage you to give blood. People of all ages could need blood at some time.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Some main reasons for needing blood is that people get in car accidents, they may have cancer, need surgery, or might need a blood transfusion.

One pint of blood can save up to three lives. When you donate, it will help our world increase a lot by saving lives! That is why you should donate at our blood drive. If you are afraid of needles, don’t worry.

A good thing to think about, is that you are going to save three lives! You also will get a treat for donating at the end. You can bring something to calm you down like a stress reliever.

To give blood you can call the number 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There will be a blood drive on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Knox County Community Center and it is from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. High schoolers will have a special time to come from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A bus will be leaving the school to head to the blood drive at 1:30 p.m. High schoolers can sign up to donate at the high school office and the office will make sure you get on the bus.

Before you donate, you have to drink at least 16 ounces of water and don’t forget to eat your fruits and vegetables! You also need to be rested up before you donate. It would help if you eat foods high in iron. Anyone who wants to donate needs to be over 16 years old. You can donate at 16 years old, but you need a parent’s consent. If your child wants to donate, they could earn a scholarship for donating! After you donate, you get a yummy treat!

Thank you for thinking about giving blood.

Sincerely, Maddie