Plato Teacher and Community Leader Recognized by her Students as a Jefferson Award Nominee


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Sarah DuBose uses her enthusiasm and passion to lead these students into paying forward – as they move forward in life. They came all the way from Plato, Missouri High School to Springfield with generous gifts that took a lot of hard work and heart to achieve.

“My passion is kind of evolved from this age probably a little bit older. I feel my passion is when you help others you help yourself and so I’m hoping that the kids can see when you reach out and help someone they feel better about themselves or they see other people getting some kind of benefit, so my passion is trying to help people,” said DuBose.

The students came to visit the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. DuBose wanted to show them where all the blood goes after they hold community blood drives in Plato. They take great pride in their blood drives and are very successful at it.

“I’m hoping that the kids can kind of see what we are doing and why. I guess that’s the biggest question, is I hope the  answer today is why we do what we do.”

These high schoolers are members of the Beta Club – a community service academic leadership organization.  They’re getting a tour of the blood center and becoming educated on the process of getting blood donations to those whose lives depend on it.  

“Plato’s goal is usually around 50 to 55 pints so they’re going to get a quarter of our days to supply that day. So when that blood is donated it goes back to our lab and gets processed and then distributed out to the local hospitals having a direct effect on patients lives right here in the Ozarks,”
said Brad Terry. He gave the students the tour and works closely with schools as the Senior Donor Recruiter for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

Sarah’s push to give and raise more doesn’t stop with the blood drives. She also heads the “Winter Queen” pageant – another fun-fundraiser for the students with a serious mission.

After leaving the blood center the students were bussed to the Jane Pitt  Pediatric Cancer Center at Mercy Kids. came here with a very generous check.
St. Jude’s, we used to send it straight to Memphis and then discovered from people in our area that use the local clinic at Mercy..that we can donate that money here.

The check for three-thousand dollars went to the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center at Mercy Kids.   Each student and their teacher proudly signed the check.

“She’s like one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met. Like, if she wants to do something she’s going to do everything she can to get it done. She’s one of the most driven and passionate people ever,” said Clay Atterberry. He’s a senior at Plato High.
Amber Carmody is also a fellow senior and Beta member. She said this added this about Sarah, “She’s so energetic. She’s very involved in all the student’s lives and she defiantly makes sure that we do the best we can. She’s very supportive and if you have an idea she just goes a million miles with it.”

A small rural community with strong leaders making a big difference that goes miles.

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