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EHS students set example with charity

Ennis High School’s students continue to impress with their desire to come to the aid of the less fortunate in our community. Just this week, EHS students have reached out in multiple ways to support Ennis.
A blood drive held Wednesday at the school generated a level of blood above and beyond the expectations of organizers within the first three hours. That’s significant for us as a community, because blood supplies are chronically low in our area, like they are in so many others.

Instilling a desire and respect for the blood donation process early — in the case of some EHS students, almost as soon as they are old enough to donate — is also an extremely good outcome for the drive.

Blood collection efforts tend to show the same results time after time: Repeat givers make up the majority of the donation force.

Adding to those numbers helps to create a healthy level of blood in an area, and the demands of surgery, treatment for various diseases and need for on-the-spot transfusions is most likely never going to go away.

Beyond that effort, EHS students have also picked up the mantle of raising funds for the Relay For Life of Ennis.

A play held Thursday night at the school served as a fundraising mechanism to help fund the local Relay, and shows the insight of the school’s theater students. Their involvement at this level now bodes well for the future of the Relay.

While some argue that effort toward Relay year after year doesn’t produce the results they want, survivors will never tell you that the American Cancer Society’s support and resources are wasted.

All in all, EHS as a whole deserves a good bit of credit. Its environment encourages students to become involved in the community in which they live, which is a skill that could easily be lost in the shuffle of academic accountability and the unfortunately necessary monotony of standardized testing.

It says a lot about where Ennis is headed to have the city’s future leaders getting involved in its health now.

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