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New Rochelle Middle School Students Learn CPR

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Isaac Young Middle School seventh graders Brandon Nunez, Samoi Barrow, Ellie Gilwit, and Curtis Harlan were four out of 380 seventh grade students throughout the City of New Rochelle School District to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation Wednesday.

All four students felt it was very beneficial to have more than one person know how to do CPR. The benefits from the two day training helps make the community aware of the medical procedure, prevent sports injuries, and allow the students to build self-esteem.

“Whenever there is a situation where somebody can’t be there, it’s better for somebody to know,” said Nunez.

“You can save a lot more lives with more than one person knowing,” said Harlan. “We have a better chance of saving lives which will increase the population” he said.

Wednesday’s session included the watching of a video showing students how to perform the procedure if and when the occasion arises. The second session on Thursday allows students to practice on a small dummy.

“There important things to know,” said Coletti.

The third annual program gives students a mini-mannequin and DVD explaining how to do the procedure. Students are then expected to go to five people in their family, or other neighbors or friends in order to raise awareness.

“It helps me learn how to save a life,” said Barrow. “Then I can teach other people.”

Isaac Young Physical Education teacher Anthony Rodriques says the program has always been beneficial for the purposes of learning.

“It’s been very positive,” said Rodrigues. “The kids seem to like the activity because its reality,” he said.

The CPR training is offered to Isaac Young and Albert Leonard Middle School seventh grade students. Physical Education teachers teach CPR in Isaac Young Science classes while Albert Leonard students learned techniques directly through physical education classes directly.

Each student receives a mini-mannequin or test dummy to practice on at $50 a participant for 380 students.  This is made possible through a $20,000 to $25,000 federal grant.

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