EAMS teaches school board about AED program
By Robin Dudgeon...EAMS grade 7 students Shae Lynn Carriere and Allie Nadeau stand with teacher Dan Rosset following Thursday's school board meeting where the girls described the school's purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the classes participation in the Tree for Life program.
Shae Lynn Carriere and Allie Nadeau from Ecole Arthur Meighen School presented to the board of trustees of the Portage la Prairie School Division, Thursday, on their classes successful purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
One year ago the grade 7 class took the proactive step of purchasing their own AED following a presentation about first aid, CPR, and AEDs.
"We started by sending letters to local business owners asking for small donations; we had many replies. One donation that stood out was from Canadian Tire - instead of donating money Canadian Tire gave us a barbecue to raffle off in their store. We got all the profits which came close to $1,000," said Shae Lynn Carriere during the meeting.
Companies who also donated funds included Allied Wings, McCains, and Simplot. The school received the AED in September of 2012.
In November of last year the grade 7 and 8 classes took the Tree for Life challenge where the grade 7s were able to train 383 people in basic CPR skills.
"In this challenge the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba provides each students with a CPR any time for family and friends kit. Included in this kit is a mini blow up doll to practice on, and a DVD that teaches basic CPR in just 20 minutes," said Allie Nadeau during the meeting. "Each student was encouraged to teach ten or more people."
Each student got a kit and was given a month to train as many people as they could, near the end of the month the class broke into groups to train the rest of the school in basic CPR. At the end students were able to create a tree with each leaf containing the name of someone that they had trained.
For the full story see Friday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.