Club Conferences with Egypt
At 7a.m. on Jan. 31, members of the Current Events Club filed into a study room in the ARC, sat down in front of the SmartBoard and began conversing with high school students from the Oasis International School in Cairo, Egypt via video conference.
Community Outreach Coordinator Miranda Payne ’94 worked with Current Events Club President Maddy ’12 to coordinate this conversation through the Global Nomads Group, an international organization that uses media and social networking to spread awareness of worldwide issues and eliminate cultural misconceptions.
The Current Events Club was originally inspired by History and Social Sciences Department Head Cathy Atwell’s attempt to organize a video conference between her Regional Studies elective and an all-girls school in Jordan last year. Unfortunately, due to technological difficulties, neither of Atwell’s two planned conversations happened.
The Current Events Club plans on organizing three more of these informal meetings with the Egyptian students this year.
“We just wanted to open the opportunity up to as many people as possible,” Maddy said.
Annual Blood drive
Every two seconds, a patient needs blood. In fact, one out of seven people entering a hospital needs blood. In other words, 44,000 units of blood are needed every day to meet these needs across the country.
Marlborough’s sixth Annual Blood Drive will be held on Wed., Feb. 29 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Collins Room. Members of the community, including teachers, parents and students, are encouraged to donate blood.
Students 16 years old or younger are eligible to donate blood only if they receive parental consent. However, prospective donors who are at least 17 years old do not need such consent.
According to Physical Education instructor Tinka Brown, Marlborough’s Red Cross team has publicized the event at All-School and grade-level meetings in order to raise awareness and maximize participation.
“We are hoping to get 70 participants, because last year we only got 50 donors,” she said. “Already, we have 37 sign-ups, so I am hopeful that we will reach this goal,” Brown said.