Recently, the Propel Montour family was honored to receive grant funding that brought a new skill to their 7th and 8th grade students — one that they will remember for the rest of their lives — performing CPR! Hopefully, the students won’t ever have to use their CPR skills, but it is GREAT to be prepared! Today’s guest blogger, Mr. Maschio, gives us a glimpse of what the students thought about this grant and how learning this skill makes them feel.
On January 15, 2015, 7th and 8th grade students at Propel Montour utilized a grant from the “American Heart Association-Ross Initiative.” Students learned and practiced essential life-saving skills and techniques required to effectively perform CPR. Propel Montour was selected out of 1,100 schools, and under the guidance of Nurse Marik, Mr. Teti and myself, students learned and physically simulated the hands-only approach to CPR on specially-designed resuscitation Annie dolls.
“It looked like it was going to be easy at first, but it was a lot harder than people thought,” said 7th grade student Justina Wegley. Students consistently voiced these beliefs and recognized the precision required to effectively and efficiently perform this potentially life-saving skill. “It was a great learning experience but much harder than it looks on TV,” reiterated 8th grader Jeff Clark.
Perhaps most importantly, students recognized the magnitude of their newly acquired skill and voiced how prepared they now feel if they were to ever face such a trying experience. “It was harder than it looked, but now I feel confident to do CPR if someone goes unconscious,” 7th grade student Shane Lundy noted.
8th grade student Joey Gramz relayed, “I feel glad that I could potentially save someone if I ever come into that situation. I feel enjoyment because I’d be able to rescue somebody even though others may not be able.”
Additional statistical information about the importance of CPR training can be found HERE!