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December 14, 2010 > Seventh-graders breathe life into learning

Seventh-graders breathe life into learning

Submitted By Lara York

More than 800 seventh graders at Walters and Horner Junior High Schools in Fremont will be participating in CPR7 training. On Thursday, December 16, students will participate in the training during their physical education classes. Not only will these young people learn life-saving techniques, they also have committed to teach others and build a pool of skilled people who can provide CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) anytime it is needed.

CPR7 trains seventh grade students using the CPR Anytime Kit (developed by the American Heart Association) and their classroom teacher, using a watch while learn method and a manikin. Students then take their manikins home over winter break to train family and friends over the age of 12. The students will keep their kits at home for their continued use.

"This is an exciting opportunity to empower students as teachers and leaders," explains Lisa Alves, a physical education teacher at Walters Junior High School who helped organize the program to allow students to give service and take an active role in their community of Fremont. "These students will be sharing a valuable tool that can ultimately save lives."

Alameda County Health Care Services is sponsoring the project to increase bystander CPR rates from 30 percent to 60 percent over the next three years. Supervisor Scott Haggerty supports this project and states, "This is an incredible opportunity to empower youth to save lives."

While the program at Walters and Horner Junior High Schools is a first in Alameda County, all 18 school districts in the county are also participating. This effort will expand the pool of people who can use CPR in critical moments by 15,000 seventh graders training at least 5 people, which in turn, 75,000 community members will be trained in CPR.

How did seventh graders become the identified best target audience for this training? Alameda County Emergency Medical Service piloted this program in 2007. Both seventh and tenth graders were measured. When the results were tallied, seventh graders trained an average of 4.46 community members while tenth graders trained 2.75 people on average.

For more information contact:
Lisa Alves, Walters Junior High
(510) 501-0906
Jamie Hintzke, Community Relations Coordinator
(925)-876-2380
Fremont Unified School District at www.fremont.k12.ca.us

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