Kagman High School students will get a chance to learn lifesaving skills this Thursday, Oct. 17. Through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, the American Red Cross will teach students how to perform hands-only CPR.
“We are very excited to see that everything is falling into place as the event draws near,” said Kennedy Benjamin, Health & Safety program manager for the NMI Chapter. “KHS will be the first of five public high schools that we will train in Citizen CPR.”
The other four are Marianas, Saipan Southern, Tinian, and Dr. Rita Inos high schools. The trainings are scheduled to be concluded by December 2013.
The staff at KHS felt privileged that their students would be trained in CPR.
“Our team felt fortunate that we could offer so many students training in this lifesaving skill,” said Leila Staffler, KHS acting principal. “We hope that students will feel empowered to help a fellow neighbor if ever in need.”
Not only will KHS be a safer community, but it will meet the Common Core 21st Century expectation for students’ health literacy, Staffler added.
“Along with the free training, students will also get a bag of educational material regarding life-threatening emergencies,” Benjamin said. “Students will get a compression tool [that] will be used for practicing CPR, an emergency first aid guide, an adult ready reference skill card, and a wallet-sized first aid kit.”
Unlike the traditional 4-hour certification course, Citizen CPR teaches compression-only technique and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
“We hope students will realize that they may be young, but they can save a life,” said Staffler. (ARC)