News Briefs

Blood Drive

The Key Club organized one of its annual blood drive on April 23. Blood Drives are a popular tradition at Schreiber that brings students, teachers, and community members together for a good cause.  Each blood donation has the potential to save three lives.  Because one out of every three people will need blood either for a transfusion or for surgery during his or her life, the Blood Drive can help provide these people with lifelines.

Schreiber’s Blood Drive is unique in that it is open to the entire community.  The drive opens before school, allowing working members of the community time to participate.  Additionally, students who are over the age of 16 are permitted to donate with parental approval.

“I donated blood at the Blood Drive for two years,” said junior Jenna Hecht.  “Donating makes me feel like I’m making a difference in someone’s life.”

If you are a first time donor there are many requirements that you should keep in mind.  Students must have a valid I.D. with them at the donation site, weigh at least 110 pounds, be between 16 and 70 years old, and not have gotten a tattoo in the past six months.

“I was very eager and excited to donate blood and make a difference but unfortunately I was not allowed to donate,” said sophomore Miranda Tanenbaum. “I was a little upset but I understand that my safety is the most important.”

Health teacher Ms. Janine Kalinowski and the Key Club board work hard to promote the Blood Drive by hanging up flyers and having people sit in the lobby during 4.1 and 4.2 in the weeks leading up to the drive.

“We were hoping for 90 donations,” said senior and Key Club Secretary Alyssa Marshak. “We had 109 people come down to donate and 86 people actually donated. It was a great amount.”

~ Izzy Gold and Aliza Herz

College Consortium

The guidance department held its ninth annual College Consortium on April 22.  This event enabled parents and students from Port and those around us to speak with college admissions counselors and alumni representatives in a casual setting about their schools’ programs, admissions criteria, and other important attributes.  In addition, a panel of admissions counselors from various schools participated in a question and answer session in which they discussed key issues pertaining to the college admissions process.  Over 60 different colleges from across the country participated in this event.

“I learned that colleges are not just looking at my grades and the rigor of my course load, but also that my character and the activities I participate also play a huge part in getting accepted,” said junior Brandon Tsou.

The Consortium also allowed students to interact with representatives from many different colleges in a professional manner.

“I thought it was a good idea to present myself in a sophisticated manner to the officers from the schools I was interested in,” said junior Ben Landau.

In addition, this experience allowed students to discover a variety of new schools and programs.

“The College Consortium experience got me ready to start thinking about what I may want to do with my future, and what subject area I may want to major in,” said junior Jessie Baer.

~ Josh White