DuBOIS — The DuBois Area School Board recently approved an agreement with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 for the Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Project at the DuBois Area High School.

“Every 16-year-old student who applies for a PA driver’s license is asked to make a decision that could mean life or death to one of more than 7,000 Pennsylvanians who are currently on the transplant waiting list,” according to the OTDA website.

“The critical shortage of organ and tissue donors is considered to be a national health crisis,” the website said. “The OTDA Project assists secondary students in pre-thinking the critical issues surrounding organ and tissue donation so that each teen can make an informed decision and communicate that decision to his or her family members.”

The project goals include:

  • Provide OTDA information and curricular support to Pennsylvania’s school districts.
  • Assist secondary educators in using OTDA materials and resources.

According to supplemental information included in the board’s agenda packet, the IU13 has entered into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to collaborate in the administration of the OTDA. The agreement is 100 percent Department of Education funded and the disbursement of funds is under Pennsylvania Act 102.

For the services rendered and for actual costs incurred, the IU13 will reimburse the district an amount not to exceed $2,000.

DAHS key staff will implement the OTDA curriculum framework and toolkit. The district’s plan is to sustain OTDA beyond the project years and will continue to revise, update and implement embedded OTDA activities as they align to the curriculum and PA standards; include needed funds into the school budgets for travel; and continue to connect with community members, volunteers and organizations to provide free OTDA Awareness activities for students. These would include career panels, local speakers, school-wide activities, etc.

There are many items school staff are requesting to purchase with grant monies that can be used for many years, according to information provided by the board.

Ninth through 12th grade enrollment for 2018-19 students will be directly involved in classroom activities and school-based events related to the OTDA project.

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