North Platte High School is on a mission to help save lives by participating in the American Red Cross high school program.

Through this program, students have the chance to take part in a meaningful effort to give hope to hospital patients in need, the Red Cross says.

NPHS will host a Red Cross blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 4, at the school, and your support can help make this blood drive a success.

Did you know almost 20% of the millions of blood donations made each year come from high school and college blood drives?

Eligible students and their families can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients, accident and burn victims and other blood recipients in the area and across the nation.

This is a community service project that is easy and rewarding. Giving blood at this blood drive can also help students earn scholarships.

The American Red Cross High School Scholarship program is available to schools that schedule at least one blood drive during the school year. Scholarships are awarded to students that demonstrate leadership in the coordination of the drives.

To schedule an appointment to donate, contact any National Honor Society member. To be eligible to donate, you must be at least 16 years old with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

High school students and other donors 18 years old or younger may also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/students.