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Local Education

October 15, 2013

Frankton students give blood in memory of crash victims

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Trey Baxter, a senior, said he donates blood as often as he can.

"It's a chance for me to give away something I don't use every day," Baxter said.

King was also the niece of Baxter's great-aunt, so the loss touched him personally as well in a small way.

School nurse Cathy Kelich said they routinely have 60 to 75 students give blood each time they have the drive. Considering there are about 200 students eligible in the school, she said that is a very high percentage.

She said enthusiasm about the project is not something they need to worry about.

"The kids get really excited about it, they like to participate in it," Kelich said. "It's a good, volunteer community effort our kids can get involved in."

She said participation in the drive has not waned even eight years later. She said honoring the girls with this blood drive has become a tradition for the school and each new wave of students is excited to continue that tradition.

For Mason, the blood drive still means just as much to her and the other parents now as it did then.

"We're still very involved," she said. "It means a lot to carry on their memory."

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB or call him at 640-4847.

Other local blood drives: Oct. 17, Shenandoah High School, Middletown. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Millcreek Civic Center, Chesterfield. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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