Fairmont-Alter Unity Award

Unity in Community Award: Alter High CURE Club President Jesse Haeker & Alter blood drive coordinator Jeanne Kernan; Fairmont United Student Body President Cayla Teeters; Universal 1 Credit Union’s Mary Cook & Dan Gouge; Camp Kesem counselors Veronica Romo & Arrianna Rucker; Fairmont volunteers Drew Gleason & Mariah Brooks; Fairmont blood drive coordinator Corey Miller.

KETTERING, Ohio – It may have been a cold night for the Jan. 23 Fairmont vs. Alter basketball game at Trent Arena, but the “Unity in the Community” award presentation at halftime kindled warm thoughts about summer camp and helping others.

The Firebirds and Knights celebrated their third year of joining forces for the Unity campaign.  Each school hosts a Community Blood Center blood drive in the fall.  They jointly present a $1,000 award from Universal 1 Credit Union to a charity chosen by the home team at the Alter-Fairmont basketball game.

Fairmont’s Nov. 3 blood drive and Alter’s Nov. 7 blood drive totaled 268 donors, including 131 first-time donors and 217 blood donations.

As this year’s host school in the Unity campaign, Fairmont chose Camp Kesem at The University of Cincinnati to be the $1,000 Unity award recipient.  Camp Kesem is a summer camp and peer support program for children with family members fighting cancer.

Many Fairmont graduates have worked at the camp, including counselors Veronica Romo and Arrianna Rucker who accepted the Unity award on behalf of Camp Kesem.

“The kids go to the camp for free,” said Veronica. “This will help with expenses, meals and activities. We also provide care packages to kids if a family member passes away to let them know we care and that we support them.”

“It’s year-round support,” said Arrianna. “We want them to know they have another family.”

Fairmont began the school year as CBC’s regional champion in blood drive participation.  Activities Director and blood drive coordinator Corey Miller was pleased to see continued support for the fall blood drive and the Unity campaign.

“It’s great because it’s high school kids continuing the service in college they started in high school,” Corey said. “We have a lot of kids giving back.”

Last year Alter chose “Brigid’s Path” as the Unity Award recipient.  It opened in the fall of 2017 and is now providing inpatient care for babies suffering from prenatal drug exposure.

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Aliya Stine - Be The Red T-shirt

Newton High School graduate Aliya Stine did more than win a $1,000 Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship with her 2017 “Be The Red” campaign.  She inspired the t-shirt design high school donors will wear this spring semester at all CBC high blood drives.

Aliya’s “Be The Red” theme combines patriotism and unity with the common bond of blood donations.  The new high school t-shirt features her drawing of a waving American flag with three red stripes and the others white and grey, and her slogan, “Without You There’s Only White and Blue – Be The Red.”

“I’m so excited for everyone donating to be able to receive this shirt,” said Aliya, now a freshman at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Her former classmates at Newton High School will receive the t-shirt when they register to donate at their Feb. 15 blood drive.

“It will be awesome to see people wearing it and being able to see it come to life. I hope people are inspired to not only donate blood, but they are inspired to put themselves out there and apply for this scholarship.”

The 2018 Lead The Way deadline is April 20.  Applicants must create a blood drive marketing campaign with a slogan and a graphic design or other marketing techniques, and explain why it would encourage fellow students to donate.

In her Lead The Way application Aliya said she chose a patriotic theme because of political unrest in the country. She hoped to encourage others to put differences aside and work together for a common good.

“The political aspect of the design is still a hot topic so I hope it will inspire people to talk about politics and share their opinions,” she said. “To everyone donating, thank you for your donation and for helping someone in need.”

Aliya is from Troy.  She is majoring in biology with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.

The $5,000 Lead The Way Creative Scholarship program is supported by a grant from Vectren.  CBC and Vectren annually award $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five graduating, college-bound seniors whose high school hosts a CBC blood drive.

Applications must be postmarked by April 20. Examples of winning campaigns and the 2018 scholarship application are available at http://www.GivingBlood.org.  For more information contact Cristina Pickle at BloodEducation@GivingBlood.org.