Wilton High School’s Red Cross blood drive helped save up to 81 lives. Donors contributed 27 units of blood during the event on Nov. 15.

“Not only did this event reflect the willingness of our community to help others, but it also proved our teamwork capabilities,” Superintendent Kevin Smith wrote in the district’s Dec. 23 News from the Schools newsletter.

About an hour-and-a-half into the drive, Smith said, a “small contingent of birds made their presence known in the Field House, which violated health code rules.”

With orders from the Red Cross, students and staff moved the entire drive to the Zellner Gallery.

Smith said that one Red Cross nurse told him that in the 15 years of her working at high schools across the state, “she had never seen such a wonderful group of students work together to resolve an issue like she saw that day.”

“Even though we had to turn donors away because of the time lost in transit, the spirit of fellowship among the students and staff was palpable and reflects the positive values this community holds dear,” said Smith.

“Thank you all for your help and support and hopefully we can make this a continued tradition going forward.”