Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 06/26/06 For many years, the World War II generation was the backbone of this nation’s blood supply, but times have changed. “That population is getting older, and the younger population doesn’t seem to have that same spirit of community service,” said Jack Alperin, associate director of the blood bank at the University of Texas Medical Branch. To counter that, he said, blood banks have begun to take their case to the public schools. “Some schools are starting to teach kids the importance of being a blood donor,” he said, “and many high schools have established donor programs.” The effort has seen some success, and nowhere is that success more evident than at Galveston’s Ball High School. “Ball High has been a very staunch supporter,” Alperin said.