LH Health Department teams with Donate Life Connecticut

During the week of May 20, students in Peg McGowan’s health classes welcomed Jamie Lazarus, a representative of Donate Life Connecticut, an organization dedicated to the purpose of public education and awareness for all Connecticut residents concerning the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation and increasing the number of registered donors. Jamie, a 23 year old, has been diagnosed with kidney disease and is passionate about organ/tissue donation as her mother passed away while awaiting a donor last year. She is helping to educate Lauralton’s “soon-to-be" drivers about making educated decisions regarding organ & tissue donation, dispelling any myths and making sure the students talk with their families about this issue before making the decision to be…or not to be…a donor. The students are getting ready to get their driver’s licenses, so the timing for this is perfect.

Several Lauralton students, encouraged by art teacher Judith Dougherty, along with students from other Connecticut high schools, participated in Donate Life Connecticut’s Annual Visual Arts Contest, showcasing the creativity and talent of these students. The contest is intended to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation, and the importance of becoming a registered donor. With most Connecticut students applying for their driver’s license or state ID at the age of 16, the goal of the contest—by encouraging students to create a poster, photography piece, or video message—is for students to be better informed about donation and the donor registry when asked if they want to be a registered organ and tissue donor at the DMV.

Lauralton is proud to announce that the poster created by Jamie Rush, ’16 was an honorable mention winner in the Donate Life Connecticut contest. 


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