Blood and Money: Applied Learning in Action

Posted by on September 8, 2014

Joel Bisser’s Professional Communications class teamed up with both the Red Cross and Make-A-Wish Foundation to accomplish course objectives and to help two nonprofit organizations.

Darcie Bauer, MSB student

The need for blood is greater than ever, especially in the summer months. Recently, students and faculty at the Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville campus gathered to donate blood. The class worked together to encourage others to give blood and applied their teamwork and communication skills by visiting local businesses throughout the community. Students recruited past donors, used social media and their personal networks to promote awareness about the Red Cross Blood Drive. Thanks to their efforts, the Red Cross collected 27 units of blood. Three lives are saved by every unit donated!

During the same week, students also hosted a car wash to raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that provides for children with terminal illness, granting wishes with the money raised from donations. The car wash raised over $100 in only two hours!

Students washing cars in the parking lot

Students applied their communication and teamwork skills by securing supply donations from Lakeville businesses. The students divided tasks among group members and designed and posted flyers in the community to publicize the car wash. Other students demonstrated their written communication skills by sending emails and posting advertisements for the car wash on social media. Some of the students practiced nonverbal communication and held signs on the day of the car wash, directing traffic toward the car wash and answering questions. All of the students made the car wash a success.

A big thank you goes out to the following Lakeville businesses:

Simon’s Ace Hardware on Juniper Path provided drying towels and Advanced Auto Parts on Kenwood Trail contributed buckets, soap and micro fiber wash cloths. After the car wash was finished, the Lakeville Kenwood Trail Erberts and Gerbert’s provided the students with a free lunch for their efforts.

Alexis Wyatt, MSB student

The Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation and MSB- Lakeville are thankful for everyone who came in to donate blood and/or money for the car wash!

Written by instructor Joel Bisser


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