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May 16, 2013

You're never too young to learn CPR, students say

Kids learn life-saving skills, and encourage parents to do same

These children say they may be young, but it’s no reason not to learn some basic life-saving techniques.

They say there may be a time they could be called upon to administer CPR to someone having a heart attack, and they want to be prepared.

”Everyone should learn CPR,” said sixth-grader Jaden White. “It could really help someone some day.”

Julia Palmisano, also a sixth-grader, said many adults may not know CPR, so she wants to be ready just in case.

”I could save someone’s life at my young age,” she said.

Sixth-graders at St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish were taught CPR training this year by their school nurse, Ellen Kareores. She is the first full-time nurse St. Joseph has had in years. Students in grades seven and eight will also get the training.

Kareores, a registered nurse, has been teaching CPR to four students at a time during their gym class as a part of the school’s physical education and health program. The American Heart Association program, called “Be The Beat,” focuses on compressions by hand and was approved for use at St. Joseph by Principal Carol Simone and the Rev. Timothy Kearney, pastor of All Saints Church.

”I approached Miss Simone and Father Tim to see if we could start this program and they liked the idea,” Kareores said.

Kareores said the training adheres to guidelines of the American Heart Association’s “CPR Anytime” program designed for school-aged children. Sixth-grade teachers Michael Castano and Brittany Fitzgerald are helping teach the program.

Students are being taught to recognize the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest emergencies, and how they can take action.

”If anything happened to my parents or siblings at home, I would know what to do,” said sixth-grader Sabrina Spero.

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