Breathe Easy

American High Red Cross Club Plans For CPR Training Class

Shruthi Kumar

Staff Writer

    American High School’s Red Cross Club is planning to hold a class for any students that are interested in becoming CPR certified.  

    The class is expected to last approximately two and a half hours, during which students will learn about and grow accustomed to all skills necessary to successfully become a certified CPR specialist.

    “I think this is a really good event to attend, especially since the students will become certified,” Red Cross Vice President Leigh Ann Tang (12) said.  “The skills these students will learn can qualify them as certified for two years!  For seniors, I can see that being a really awesome thing to mention to colleges.”

    As of now the event is being organized by the officers of the school club.  Ergo, the date, time and location are still undecided.  The officers are planning to host the class sometime during the first week of April and it will be deemed an official field trip.

    “I signed up for the class a while ago, and I haven’t gotten any notifications yet.  I know everything is being taken care of at the moment, but I hope all of the minor details are sorted out,” participant Victoria Tam (12) said.  “I know I will be notified by email when everything is set.”

     Several volunteers have already proceeded to sign up to participate in the class.  Each student has asked to give their email address as a form of contact information, to keep them posted.“I am so thrilled that all of these people are interested in getting involved; CPR is a really important skill, and you never know when you may need to use it,” Tang said.
Several volunteers have already proceeded to sign up to participate in the class. Each student has asked to give their email address as a form of contact information, to keep them posted.“I am so thrilled that all of these people are interested in getting involved; CPR is a really important skill, and you never know when you may need to use it,” Tang said.

    Approximately twenty professional instructors from American Red Cross will be coming to administer the training.

    “They will most likely charge fee for the equipment and certification.  The club is doing the best it can, but the money that students are paying for the class will help to cover these material costs,” Tang said.  “And I think it’s pretty reasonable.  Individuals would normally spend seventy dollars on standard CPR certification, while we’re going to charge around thirty five to forty dollars.”

    Instructors will be teaching the participating students how to revive their victims by expertly executing their training under stressful situations.  Not only will these students learn vital skills, but they also grow accustomed to different methods of resuscitation, such as via automated external defibrillator (AED).

    “This portable electronic shock momentarily stops the heart, only to have it then activate and pump on its own,” Red Cross member Bidisa Mukherjee (12) said.  “When I found out it might be in the class I was so psyched!”

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