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Northampton High School hosts blood drive for survivors of Superstorm Sandy

SANDY RELIEF: Students at Northampton High School will kick off school relief efforts for survivors of Superstorm Sandy with a blood drive Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school on Elm Street.

Participants can donate blood for those in need in the New York City area and other parts of the East Coast affected by the massive storm that hit late last month.

Senior Alex Rifken, who is this year’s student representative on the Northampton School Committee, reported last week that students will be meeting in their regular small group advisories Friday to come up with other ways to assist storm victims. Ideas include a collection drive for food, batteries, clothing and other supplies.

“We see what’s happening on the news and a lot of us want to help,” said Rifken, who shares a seat on the school board with NHS classmate Sarah Moss-Horwitz.

“We don’t want this to just be an NHS thing,” he added. “We want the community involved.”

For details about Friday’s blood drive, call the high school at 587-1344.

— BARBARA SOLOW

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