On April 12, 2016, health teachers Mrs. Hinkle and Mrs. Gillis held CPR Certifications in school for any student who wanted to be certified. These students were certified through the American Heart Association with the HEARTSAVER level of certification. About 130 students get certified each year by Mrs. Gillis and Mrs. Hinkle.
“I’ve always wanted to learn CPR to help people in an emergency,” stated Joel Zamora, a senior who became certified on April 12.
“Students look forward to it because it is a life skill.”
A CPR Certification is a certification that allows you to perform an emergency lifesaving procedure on an individual who has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped beating, according to Mrs. Hinkle. This procedure involves chest compressions to maintain blood flow. There are no age requirements, even a 16 year old may become an instructor.
The benefits that come from becoming certified is that it prepares individuals for any situation that requires an individual with CPR knowledge. It provides legal backing in insurance, shows leadership, and it is the first step in advance certifications. Also, if a babysitter has a certification in CPR, then they will get paid more than a babysitter who does not have the certification. Another benefit from CPR Certifications is that it will look great on a resume and a future career.