By Bella McCarey
Every year, winter brings not only crisp weather and holiday joy, it also companions the sense of giving. Red Lion offers many options for good samaritans to satisfy the need to help others less fortunate than themselves.
There is one interesting way to give that might not immediately cross people’s minds and that way is offered right here at the high school: the Blood Drive. It’s fast, it’s simple and it saves 3 lives.
The Blood Drive provides the opportunity for people to step outside themselves and contribute something to the community.
The Blood Drive took place this year on Monday Dec. 16 from 8 am until 3:30 at the high school. According to adviser Mrs. Jane Dennish, 53 pints of blood were drawn from donors potentially helping 159 patients in local hospitals.
The process of signing up and giving blood is was fairly easy, as long as a student meets the requirements set up by the Central PA Blood Bank. Some of these requirements are that the student must weigh at least 110 pounds, be 16 or older, and did not get a tattoo in the 12 months leading up to the donation.
There are a few changes to the Blood Drive this year. Sophomore Tristan Schluderburg said, “We switched from Red Cross to Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank. It’s easier, plus we get to use the blood mobiles.”
By Taylor Bosley
Students that are a part of the French III and French IV classes were given the opportunity to travel to Europe to visit some of the French speaking countries in the upcoming summer of 2014.
However, this trip was postponed due to the rise of airfare prices, which were not included in the original price listed.
In many cases, these added expenses come as a result of taxes by the airline company and the increase in fuel cost. To make up for this, tour guide companies add to the prices, which set the price over the edge for the many hopeful students wishing to explore Europe.
“Students felt they couldn’t get the money [and that] shoved them over the edge in deciding to postpone the trip,” French teacher and head of the language department Mrs. Pfaendler said on the key component of postponing the trip.
Teachers and students alike believe in the educational benefits that come from visiting countries.
“Kids get the complete one hundred percent experience,” Mrs. Pfaendler said.
Junior French III student Ellen Weaver emphasized the importance of the trip, saying, “There is a difference between learning about a culture, and actually experiencing the culture yourself.”
Junior Ellen Weaver is “hopeful” that next years’ trip will work out. “With more time, students will hopefully be able to raise enough money for themselves.”
Mrs. Pfaendler said that although students are able to save up for it, the added on prices could never be predicted due to fluctuating prices for fuel. However the students are still hopeful for a 2015 trip to work out, despite these setbacks.