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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 16, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany high students rolled up their sleeves for a good cause Tuesday. More than four dozen students donated blood.

The blood drive was put together by Albany High's emergency disaster preparedness class and first responder class in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Albany High is one of only a few schools in the state to offer this class.

Their instructor is a former paramedic and says these classes are key in stopping shortages in the state.

"It's getting younger people to figure out what they want to do. We need help especially in the medical fields. Our shortages are getting higher and higher, and if we can get these high school students now maybe they will start looking at some of these fields," said Health Science Technology teacher, Melinda Suber.

The American Red Cross' has a critical needs for type O. There is currently less than a day's supply.

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