Compadre takes home Platinum Award and the Jackie Robinson Division Award at virtual Vitalant Blood Drive Training and Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to Compadre Academy for receiving a Platinum Award for the 4th year in a row and for the first time received the Jackie Robinson Division Award! Seven Compadre Student Council members and Ms. Susan Manning attended the virtual Vitalant Blood Drive Training and Awards Ceremony on September 21st, 2020. Vitalant honors 8 divisions based off of the school senior population and we won for overall blood drive success for the state of Arizona. The Lobos will be receiving a $200 gift certificate and a banner for the school to display their successes.

Manning plays a large role in the lives of Compadre students as she is a Jobs for Arizona Graduates (JAG) teacher, Technology Learning and Career (TLC) Teacher, and the Student Council Advisor. She explained that “Compadre Student Council hosts 4 blood drives per school year. For the past four years we have received platinum status for continuously achieving over our goal and helping to save lives. This past year not only did we achieve platinum status but also won our division for the highest percentage of donors reaching 170% of our goal”. Manning also commented not only on the dedication from the Student Council members, but the entire student body; “The students at Compadre take the blood drive and saving lives very seriously and strive to make every year better than the first. I am so proud of our students and their success!”

Compadre students who attended also had proud remarks to share about their success. Student Aaron Harris said “I attended the blood drive award ceremony and had a proud moment when they handed our school the award for the highest percent of participation for our division.”

Another student leader, Jade Smith, highlighted how her participation made her feel as though she was making an impact in her community; “Being part of the blood drive at Compadre made me feel like I was making a difference in the world. Receiving the award just showed how anyone could make a huge impact and encourage other to do the same”

Student Emily Enriquez also emphasized her Lobo pride by saying “I am proud of our school and all of the rest of the schools that participate in the blood drive. Something I learned from the blood drive training is that every 2 seconds someone needs blood. Our donation of blood impacts people's lives for the better and that’s something I’m proud to be a part of.”

The Lobos are positively impacting their community, and the lives of their students by teaching them the importance of giving back and positively impacting your community. The biggest lesson learned is that no act is too small to change someone’s life, and this is the character they are working to instill in their student body. Way to make a difference, Lobos!

If you are interested in watching the award ceremony, you can re-watch the virtual event on their website.