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STUDENTS LEARN LIFE-SAVING TECHNIQUES IN HYDE PARK
BY MARGARET ROBELEE
Fifth grade students at North Park Elementary School in Hyde Park celebrated Heart Month by participating in “Hands Only” CPR and AED training on February 26.
Dee Sagendorph and Kate Quirk of Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP) volunteered their time to train the entire fifth grade class. During each session students watched training videos and then practiced compressions on mannequins provided by NDP.
In addition to learning CPR techniques, students learned how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED) using AED trainers provided by NDP. Students were very focused as they learned the importance of these life saving skills. Students also received a CPR book so that they could start a family conversation about the importance of knowing CPR.
As a follow-up assignment, students went on an “AED Scavenger Hunt” to locate AED devices in places in the community.
When students were asked at the end of the training what they learned, one student replied that he “learned how to save a life.”