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Donation of CPR Kits Helping to Create A New Generation of Lifesavers

March 12, 2018

Polk County Public Schools has been provided 36 kits to help train students in CPR — the lifesaving technique that can make the difference in many emergencies.

The kits, generously donated by Nemours Children’s Hospital and the American Heart Association, will be given to public high schools in Polk County for use in physical education classes, as well as health science and medical academies.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to equip our high schools with more educational tools that can help save lives,” said Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd. “We greatly appreciate this donation, and we will put these kits to good use teaching our high school students important CPR techniques.”

The donation amounts to $23,364 — or $649 for each kit. The goal of the donation is to create a new generation of lifesavers.

“Seventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, and an effective bystander who knows CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival,” said Dr. Gul Dadlani, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Nemours Children’s Hospital.

“We hope that by training high school students in CPR, they will be ready to respond should they ever be called upon to help a family member, friend or bystander during a sudden cardiac arrest,” said Dadlani. “Nemours is proud to work with the American Heart Association and Polk County Public Schools to train a generation of lifesavers.”

School Board members will recognize representatives from Nemours Children’s Hospital and the American Heart Association during their March 13 regular School Board meeting. The representatives will also be available for comment.

The School Board meeting begins at 5 p.m. and takes place at the Polk County Public Schools Administrative Offices, 1915 S. Floral Ave. in Bartow.