Scotland Elementary School will be sponsoring its sixth annual student-run blood drive  Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4-8:30 p.m.

On this day, the fifth grade students, who have worked to both educate and recruit potential donors, will act as ambassadors for the drive, escorting people to their seats, handing out snacks and juice and entertaining the children of the donors while they wait.

The Little Doctors program educates our children about the importance of donating blood and teaches them how to approach people about becoming blood donors. They are taught to respect the trepidation of some donors and realize that donating is not an expectation but a gift. “It’s good for kids to understand how blood drives work so that, when they are old enough to donate, they realize how important it is to donate blood,” states Sophia Cappiello, a fifth grade student at Scotland.

People who are interested in donating must be between the ages of 16 (with a permission from a parent) and 75 (over 75 can donate with doctor’s permission), 110 lbs. or more and in good general health at the time of donation. There are some restrictions regarding recent travel to foreign countries for which you can check by calling 1.800.933.BLOOD. Residents may arrive at Scotland Elementary school at 111 Barlow Mountain Road between the hours of 4 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, to donate.