Six Houston-area school districts received CPR in Schools training kits on Wednesday, expected to benefit 18,000 students.
There are 123 CPR in Schools Training Kits and 100 CPR Anytime Kits that were purchased through a nearly $90,000 donation by Tomball Regional Health Foundation. The school districts receiving the kits include: Cypress-Fairbanks; Klein; Magnolia; Spring; Tomball and Waller. Private school Concordia Lutheran also received kits.
“We are thrilled to help the American Heart Association share CPR resources and training in our school districts,” said Jack Smith, chairman of the board at Tomball Regional Health Foundation. “This is a fantastic opportunity to help students learn the steps necessary to save a life.”
Teaching children to learn bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation may be the answer to reducing deaths from the more than 326,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year.
The gift comes two years after legislation in Texas required all middle school and high school level students to complete a psychomotor skill-based CPR class before graduating school. Twenty-two states now require all students to be trained in CPR.