CONWAY, Ark. (News release) – The American Heart Association in Central Arkansas presented Conway Junior High School with a CPR in Schools Kit thanks to a donation from Crain Automotive Group. The kit was presented to teachers and students on September 21 during a monthly wellness meeting.
Each year, 350,000 cardiac arrests in the United States take place outside of a hospital setting annually and only 10 percent of victims survive. Many Americans report feeling helpless to intervene when they see someone collapse. Administering CPR as soon as an attack occurs can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. CPR in Schools Kits provide a sustainable resource for CPR education that aims to increase an individual’s confidence to act in a critical cardiac situation.
“We are so thankful to Crain Automotive Group for their outstanding gift, which will continue to help students year after year. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, which means the life you save by administering CPR could be the life of someone you love,” said Joyce Taylor, Executive Director for the American Heart Association.
“The Conway School District is pleased students will have the opportunity to learn this life skill. Hopefully they will never be in this situation but will be equipped to step up and save a life if ever in that crucial position. We are very appreciative of the CPR Kit donation from the American Heart Association,” said Janet Taylor Assistant Athletic Director of Conway Schools.
In 2013 Arkansas passed legislation requiring that students learn CPR as a prerequisite to graduating high school, one of 37 states in the US to do so. Since 2011, the American Heart Association has worked with communities and other organizations to prepare more students, their teachers and families to save lives with CPR in Schools. As a result of this work, more than one million students will be trained in CPR in the United States each year, resulting in millions of qualified lifesavers in our communities.
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Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Student Kate Pillow demonstrates CPR compressions while American Heart Association Youth Market Director, Courtney Becton shares important details about CPR
Top Photo info: CPR in Schools Kit Drop-off: (L-R) Holly Heer (Heart Walk Director, American Heart Association), Lisa Worlow (Junior High Health, Conway Junior High), Janet Taylor (Assistant Athletic Director, Conway Schools), Courtney Becton (Youth Market Director, American Heart Association), Jay Myers (Crain Automotive Team General Manager)