UPTON, Mass. – An American Red Cross blood drive will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School on Pleasant Street in conjunction with the school’s John Eldridge Community Fair.
Valley Tech will host the community fair to honor Eldridge, a long time supporter of the school and integral part of his community.
Eldridge organized the Blackstone Taxpayers Association and was elected to the Blackstone School Committee in the 1970s. He served as chair and member of Blackstone's Board of Selectmen, the Blackstone Democratic Town Committee, and the Blackstone-Millville Regional School Committee.
He also is known for establishing the John Eldridge Show. His television debut began in the late 1990s as a local community program and grew in popularity during its 15-year run.
During his career, he was known for discussing highly debated topics, as well as asking pointed interview questions to community and business leaders
The Community Fair will include several Valley Tech Clubs including the Leo Club, Friends of Rachel Club, Student Council, National Technical Honor Society and National Honor Society.
The Leo Club, sponsored by the Mendon Lions Club, teaches students leadership, experience and opportunity, just a few of the rewards young people gain from participating. They also are the values that create the acronym of the club name. These young community leaders are friendly, active and dedicated to creating new and exciting youth volunteer opportunities.
Rachel's Challenge originated as a result of the Columbine shooting in April, 1999, in which 12 students and one teacher were killed.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first student to be killed that day. In her memory, her family established the organization, which inspired Valley Tech students to start the Friends of Rachel Club as a new way to show kindness and compassion to one another.
The group will be supporting the Cards For Military, cards that can be signed for deployed military personnel. They also will be providing child care assistance while adults donate blood.
The student council will be selling comfort bracelets as a way to support expenses related to the comfort and care of cancer patients being treated at Milford Regional Medical Center or in the Cancer Center at Milford Regional through the Oliva Patient Comfort Fund.
Coffee and snacks will be available through the National Technical Honor Society and National Honor Society.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge.