Grand Rapids students will learn to use CPR, defibrillators, thanks to Amway grant

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Ninth-graders at Ottawa Hills High School will learn how to respond in a health crisis using CPR and defibrillators through a pilot program sponsored by Amway.

The Grand Rapids Board of Education on Monday, Nov. 2, approved Amway’s donation of 10 Physio Control LifePak CR+ Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for 10 schools, and support for the accompanying two-week pilot program that kicks off Monday, Nov. 9, with 150 students. The pilot will involve training and speakers.

Rachel VandenBrink, school nurse coordinator for GRPS, said the new program will be integrated into the high school’s health class. The so-called SUPER CPR and AED will train the students to become Students United Prepared Emergency Responders (SUPER) and certify them in the American Heart Association’s HeartSaver CPR and AED program.

“My hope is that the students feel comfortable helping a family member, friend, church member or someone else in their community in a crisis situation,” said VandenBrink, who added the more people with such skills, the safer the community.

“They will be able to do something with what they’ve learned if someone’s in that situation. We want them to take this out to their families and the community at large.”

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