Educational Programs

A Note to Teachers

From Cristina Pickle, Community Blood Center Education Specialist

Dear Educators,

Community Blood Center is proud to give its community a well-rounded education program, providing a curriculum from pre-school through college across our 15-county region, stimulating young minds with the wonders of blood science and the human body. As an educator, I have made sure that the curriculum meets the Ohio standards set by the Ohio State Board. This turnkey science and health curriculum will teach students the following:

  • The unique roles of red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma.
  • Blood's incredible journey through our bodies using sophisticated video microscopy and animation.
  • The importance of community service and the lifesaving nature of blood donation.

I encourage you to include this interdisciplinary science and health program within your district's curriculum.


Cristina Pickle


About Cristina Pickle

As a lifelong educator, Cristina Pickle has dedicated herself to educating students and empowering them for success in and out of the classroom.

Ms. Pickle has lived in the Dayton area her entire life. She graduated from Stebbins High School and went on to earn a degree in Comprehensive Communications at Bowling Green State University. She is a certified teacher and has taught in both public and private schools.

Cris has contributed her time and expertise in many different roles- from parent organizations at her children's schools to serving on the praise team and women's ministry at her church. For over three decades she has served as a member of the Mad River Board of Education. In 2008, she received Master Board Member status from the Ohio School Board Association. She is also the recipient of the "Buckeye Award" from the Greater Lakes Interscholastic Press Association for "Outstanding High School Publication" and a national Reader's Digest award winner for a S.A.D.D awareness campaign.

Cris has been working for Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Center for 15 years.  During her Tenure at CBC, Cris has dedicated her time in educating students (k-12), businesses, civil organizations, and colleges on the importance of giving blood and how to donate successfully. In 2010, The Foundation for America's Blood Center awarded Cristina and her educational programs the CeridianBCT Award which is considered a "National Award of Excellence".  Her inspiring, entertaining presentations equip everyone on the need for blood while encouraging all who can to donate blood.  

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