Cecil County School of Technology students had a variety of reasons for participating in the school's eighth annual blood drive earlier this month..
One did it to save the world, another because her family has been affected, and one overcame his fear at the urging of a teacher.
They all had one thing in common according to Katlyn Ray, an Allied Health student who helped encourage her classmates to donate.
"I told them to do it because it makes you look cool," she said.
Ray said she donated blood because her sister had a low platelet count when she was younger.
CCST has been holding blood drives since Allied Health instructor Janice McDonough came to the school eight years ago.
"It's important for students to be involved in helping to save lives," McDonough said. "It teaches them service to others."
Allied Health students may be more in tune with the need for blood donations, but the drive is a schoolwide effort.
"My students know how it works, but all the students from automotive to culinary to electrical, are donating," said McDonough.
McDonough said the school has a little over 200 students and more than a total of 100 students and staff members donated.
Lori Bellotti, a supervisor for the Blood Bank of Delmarva, helped to organize the event. "We have blood drives all year long and when school is in session we focus on the high schools," she said.
CCST student Kahlil Robinson of Elkton said he donated because he wants to "save the world one life at a time".
It was the first time for Scott Barndolar of Elkton. "I hate needles," he said. Teacher Victor Voshell encouraged Barndolar to overcome his fears for a worthy cause. "He told me sometimes when you're afraid of something you have to do it anyway," Barndolar said.
He had mixed emotions after his blood was drawn.
"It wasn't the best experience," Barndolar said. "I'd still do it again, just not anytime too soon."