Lawrence Schools student council to sponsor March 27 blood drive

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

    LAWRENCE -  A  Lawrence High School student-run organization seeks  to make a difference, not only in the school, but  in the community as well, according to its advisor.
    Jennifer Gilbert, a Lawrence Public Schools para-professional, who serves as an advisor to the Lawrence Student Council, said  the organization is leadership driven and civic-minded.
    This month, the organization  will sponsor a third blood drive on March 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Appointments can be made in the high school office or by visiting: www.redcrossblood.org  sponsor code: lawrenceschool.
    Gilbert said the blood drive not only provides life-saving blood, but also earns college scholarship funds for LHS students. Additionally, the council collected and donated 265 non-perishable food items to a local food pantry.
    “The LPS Student Council is also spirited and pride-filled,” said Gilbert.
    “The council has organized and hosted two homecoming weeks and several school dances filled with “Purple-Pride” games and activities,” said Gilbert.
    “And finally, the     LPS Student Council is organized and committed to community,” said Gilbert.
    According to Gilbert, council members, under the leadership of officers  Daelynn Jackson-Peek, Joshua Alburtus, Martina Paleaz, and Brittany Rowlee, have exchanged down time and lunch periods for working sessions in order to maintain a level of commitment to LPS and the local community.
    Gilbert said, “The LPS Student Council is our youth, our community, and our future.”
    Another  youth-led organization, the Leo Club chapter of the Lawrence Lions Club, is marking its  second year of fellowship and community service work.
    Gilbert said, “The community can be proud of the club’s efforts to maintain the Lawrence Village Park, support of the White Cane charity,  collect canned food for those in need, and work with other service activities in conjunction with the Lions Club.
    Lawrence area  youth, grades 7 through 12, interested in becoming a member, may pick up an application at Lawrence High School’s LEO Club bulletin board, by contacting a LEO or Lions Club member, or e-mail at:  leoclub@lawrencetigers.com.

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