Amboy High School student council helps run blood drive

AMBOY — What do you know about the Amboy High School Student Council?

It’s a group of high school kids elected by their peers. It kind of reflects on a governmental system with a president, vice president, and the other titles.

Members of the Amboy High School Student Council joined to learn how a structured organization works and runs, and to be active in the community.

The AHS Student Council helped run an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, Nov. 11 for the second time this school year. There will be two more as one is planned for January and April.

“It’s a thing that we do every year. I just like to help out when they do the blood drives,” said AHS sophomore Grace Royer, who was part of the registration process when a donor came to the Amboy Community Building. “We do a few blood drives and we do a canned food drive throughout the year. I try to participate as much as I can. I can’t donate blood yet because I’m not 16, but once I am, I plan to donate blood.

“I think it’s really cool that people show up and are here to help out and give what they can.”

Royer added she enjoys helping the community and wants to continue to help where she can as she gets older.

Alainie Wittenauer joined her classmate and friend at the registration table.

She took a second to think about what she would be doing if she wasn’t helping a good cause and being part of something.

“Because I’m not in sports I feel I have a lot more time to be giving back to my community,” Wittenauer said. “If I didn’t do Student Council or FFA (Future Farmers of America), I’d probably just be sitting around my house doing nothing. I’m using my time wisely and not just sitting around on my butt.

“I think it’s awesome that people are willing to help out people that they don’t even know. They’re willing to give what they have to the community. I really enjoy having opportunities like this because I want to be more involved with my community. It’s a little bit harder for me because I don’t live in Amboy. I live in Sublette. I like being in Student Council because I know about the opportunities that I have to be more involved.

“I think it’s a great thing for everyone to be in student council and to help the community.”

Jessica Arellano has led the Amboy Student Council during the blood drives and other events for the last two years as the council’s advisor.

For her, it’s fun to see the excitement and pride she sees in the students as they’re doing something so simple as writing a donor’s name on a name tag.

They also get a kick out of seeing their parents, teachers, coaches, AHS seniors, people who may have graduated from school in the last few years, or friend’s parents, play their part by donating blood.

“I think it’s really cool to see kids who want to give back to their community. It’s not always easy growing up in a small town,” Arellano said. “You might feel like your time is boring or you want to leave. It’s cool that these kids are willing to step up and pour back into their community. They might not realize how much their community is giving them, so it’s cool to see them give back by helping with events like this.”

The Amboy Student Council is also participating in another drive.

Arellano’s group and the Amboy Fire Department have partnered on a canned food drive for Christmas.

“Students are welcome to bring canned food items and non-perishable food items to their school. Central, the junior high and the high school all do something a little different. For the most part, it’s a classroom competition,” Arellano said. “At the high school, the home room that collects the most will get a pizza party and a really, really giant box of candy that I have. Central and the junior high both do something fun like that.

“On the last day, the student council gets up extra early and we take all of the non-perishable food items to the fire department. We spend the day at the fire department packing boxes, which are then sent to families in the community that are in need.”

Last year, the winning AHS homeroom collected over 200 non-perishable food items.

The Student Council organizes the collection side of the drive.

The food drive started the week of Nov. 7 and will continue until Dec. 8.

“There’s the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’” Arellano said. “But the village needs to be there for each other. It’s not a community unless we’re all supporting each other in one way or another.”