Thiells student hold blood drive in honor of ailing boy
Students and staff at Thiells Elementary School held a blood drive in honor of fourth-grader Sean DePatto who has leukemia.
The event provide the Hudson Valley Blood Services with 99 pints of blood from 113 donors during the drive on Jan. 13 at the North Rockland School District school, Assistant Principal Angela Sullivan said.
To prepare for the blood drive the fourth-grade classes participated in the “Little Doctors Program,” presented by the Hudson Valley Blood Services, the nonprofit agency provides blood for area hospitals, Sullivan said.
The students helped recruit parents, neighbors and other community residents to attend the blood drive. and the school’s student government helped out.
The “Little Doctors Program” provided a unique blend of classroom instruction and the opportunity for students to learn leadership skills, Sullivan said.
The blood drive honoring DePatto marked the fourth year that donations and Little Doctors Program were held at Thiells Elementary, through the efforts of school nurse Margaret Variuer, in conjunction with Hudson Valley Blood Services.
Photo: Students, staff and parents of Thiells Elementary School at blood drive