Are you teaching this in your schools? If not, why?! It only takes a few minutes to learn a skill that saves lives
The Pine-Richland District, through a $10,000 Creating a Healthy School Environment grant from the Highmark Foundation, is training students to save lives at every grade level: high school students have the opportunity to complete full CPR certification, seventh- and eighth-grade students are learning the importance of hands-on CPR, hands-on choking rescue and how to use the Automatic Defibrillator, while elementary-age students will learn age-appropriate first-aid skills, including hands-on choking rescue using Act+Fast Anti Choking Trainers.
Middle School Principal David Kristofic said the program is empowering students to help others. Seventh grader Yilin Zheng said that he thinks the program is great, knowing that he could save someone's life.
"I feel like I'll be a better babysitter, because I'm prepared to deal with a kid who's choking," seventh grader Olivia McGeary said.
Classmate Josh Palko, 12, noted that he feels more important after learning hands-on CPR. "I feel like I could actually save someone's life."
"I think it's cool that I know the Heimlich Maneuver," seventh grader Sean Barr said.
The children in this program are practicing the AHA Choking Rescue Protocol with the Anti-Choking Trainer, a simulator vest that teaches students to perform the Abdominal Thrust Maneuver. When correct hand placement and technique are used, a foam plug shoots from the Trainer, instantly providing strong feedback that reinforces muscle memory and leaves students confident and ready to act in a choking emergency.
Pine-Richland parents and teaching staff are getting in on the training as well. District parent-teacher organizations can participate in the lifesaving skills program, and staff members will have the opportunity to participate in CPR, AED and choking-rescue training.
Activities that are planned in this program include:
Students in grades 7-9 will be exposed to the AHA's CPR in Schools program, which offers CPR, AED and choking-rescue training in their P.E. and/or health classes.
Students in grades 10-12 will be offered opportunities to take the CPR, AED and choking-rescue instruction during an activity period.
Students in grades 4-6 will experience age appropriate skills at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School's health fair.
Students in grades K-3 will be able to see demonstrations at their health fairs at Hance Elementary, Richland Elementary and Wexford Elementary schools.
High School Certified School Nurse Michelle Schonbachler has been teaching CPR and lifesaving skills to eighth graders for two decades and said many of her students have been credited with saving lives. "If everyone learned CPR, it could really make a difference,"