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Blood donors are heroes! Donating blood can save a life. No chemical, drug or fluid can replace human blood in an emergency. Blood cannot be manufactured. Give the gift of blood.
Blood has a limited shelf life so new donations of all blood types are always needed. Donated blood is separated into three components-red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Every day about 38,000 units of red blood cells are given to Americans. Unfortunately, the demand for blood exceeds the donation of blood.
Give something you can spare. Call the American Red Cross at 1- 800-733-2767 press 2 or go to redcross.org to find out where and when you can donate. By donating blood, you can save a life!

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How to stay warm and keep your family safe this winter!

*Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are most at risk, but anyone can be affected. *

Dress warm for cold weather. Wear a hat, gloves, and a warm coat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Make sure students are dressed properly before leaving for school. Wear layers of loose fitting, warm clothing.

Many homes will be too cold this winter, due to a power failure or inadequate heating systems. Use caution with space heaters and fireplaces. Never leave children unattended near a space heater. Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater. Never bring outdoor heating devices into the home, such as propane/charcoal grills and propane cookers, as these items produce deadly carbon monoxide. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector if you use gas to heat your home.

Move family pets indoors, or to an enclosure out of the elements.

Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing. Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Keep a warm blanket in your car while driving in case of an accident, or problems with your vehicle. Make sure you have a scraper to keep your windows clear of snow and ice.

When shoveling snow, use a small shovel- shovel many small loads instead of heavier ones. Take a break every 15min. If you experience warning signs of a heart attack, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, tightness in chest, arms, neck, or back. Call 911 immediately.

At times life can present many hardships and difficult situations for students, families and our staff at WCS. Sometimes we can "handle" them and sometimes these problems can have lasting effects on school or work performance, personal relationships and physical health. Without the proper assistance, these problems can become worse and lead to failing grades, absenteeism, poor work performance and strained interpersonal relationships.

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Did you know that just a few serious sunburns can increase your chances of getting skin cancer later in life?

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