East Valley students accepted a challenge this fall to register as organ and tissue donors.
The result was above expectations.
Three student clubs at Mesa’s Dobson High School signed up peers, friends, family members and teachers during the weeklong campaign, organized by the Donor Network of Arizona. Together, they signed up 1,041 people, besting three other high schools in the challenge.
The four participating high schools – Dobson, Basha High School in Chandler, AAEC at Estrella Mountain, and Hamilton High School in Chandler – competed against each other. Together, they registered a total of 1,292 donors.
Dobson students were honored with a pizza party Tuesday. Their efforts were led by Paul Travis Brown, a driver’s education instructor at the school. He invited the three groups, The Chuck Norris Appreciation Club, the girls’ badminton team and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes to participate. Together, they beat the previous goal of 700 donor registrations held by Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix.
“My job was keeping them organized,” Brown said in a release. “The credit goes to the kids. They really wanted to do it, and do it well.”