15 May

Student-led club gives back, help save lives

Students can find which causes they are passionate about through many different avenues. Some find it in the classroom, while others discover their passions during an internship. At our schools, our faculty give students the freedom to pursue their interests with student-led clubs.

During National Volunteer Week, one of the student-led clubs at Summit Sierra in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District organized nearly 40 students and teachers to roll up their sleeves at the second annual Summit Sierra High School Blood Drive. The amount of blood donated by the Summit Sierra community is enough to save approximately 60 lives!

“The blood drive is a way for Sierra students to get active in causes we care about and have a positive impact in the community and our school,” said Jibrel Isse, a 9th grader.

The blood drive was organized by the school’s Activism Club, a student-led service group, to benefit Bloodworks Northwest, a non-profit organization harnessing donor gifts to provide a safe, lifesaving blood supply to more than 90 northwest hospitals.

Student organizers say the Activism Club’s goal is to create opportunities for students to get involved in their community and make a change. The club is brainstorming ideas for future community service activities in the coming months.

“I’m so impressed by the compassion and hard work of the students,” said Ms. Crystal Visperas, an 11th grade AP Language teacher. “Organizing the blood drive takes time, but they happily do it because they know what a difference in makes and how much it helps others in the community,”

The activism club did everything from outreach, to coordinating with Bloodworks Northwest, to scheduling and checking in students at the blood drive – transferable skills that the students will benefit from in college and career.

“The students did a great job organizing the blood drive,” said Cecily Nagel, donor resources representative at Bloodworks Northwest. “This is the second blood drive we’ve worked with these students on and I always come away impressed with their spirit of giving back.”

Summit Sierra students are also learning how they can be contributing members of their community. Other Summit students have organized a food drive for a community food bank and won an award for their volunteer service in Tacoma. These activities are not only building relationships in school between students and faculty, but also building bonds with the neighborhoods and community members our schools serve.

Do you want to learn more about how we connect the communities we serve with our students and faculty? Schedule a school visit or learn more about Summit Sierra, Summit Atlas, and Summit Olympus today.

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