Throughout the Hicksville school system, elementary students are volunteering to be “Little Doctors” as they participate in organizing blood drives in cooperation with local PTAs and the New York Blood Center. “It's a great opportunity for the children to get involved in community service and learn the importance of donating blood to those in need,” said Burns Avenue School Principal Michael Dunn of the program, which was hosted in his building.
Students are provided with hospital lab coats and given instruction on how to help blood donors get situated and complete the required forms before clinicians take over the process. More importantly, the students are instructed on how to help those who have just given blood rest and replenish vital liquids and sugars. At the core of the Little Doctors program is the premise that students can benefit from the experience of organizing and planning a community blood drive. According to the New York Blood Center, this afterschool program neatly complements the science curriculum requirements for grades 5-8, in particular the 6th grade curriculum. Hicksville PTA is instrumental in organizing blood drives throughout the school district.
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