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Students at Nelson Elementary Learn CPR

October 25, 2019 - Student Success

Fifth grade students at Nelson Elementary School received a lesson of a lifetime. Each child learned hands-only CPR, a technique that could save a life. 

Nelson fifth grade teacher Leslie Wheeler educated the children on when a person might need cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

"A lot of grandparents take care of grandkids while Mom and Dad are at work. They never know if they're the only ones at home with them, and something happens. Yes, they know how to dial 9-1-1, but if they don't know how to give those chest compressions, they could lose a grandparent," Wheeler said. 

Now that students have the knowledge, they believe they could help a loved one or friend in need.

"You have to lock your hands together and push down on their chest. It was worth it because it can help save lives," said fifth grader Kylon Spare.

"If someone does need CPR, you never know, you could be the person to help and not just stand around," said fifth grader Cristina Peteradu. "It was hard, but it was worth it."

Wheeler feels confident the students took it seriously and hopes it's a lesson they take with them for life. 

"In that moment when you know you could save someones life, I think they would get the job done," said Wheeler.

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