If it is performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. A group of students at Clarkdale Elementary School decided they wanted to be able to step in and save lives so they underwent CPR training at their school.
A representative from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta walked the students through the steps of how to identify if someone is unresponsive and how to get emergency personnel on the scene the fastest. She then helped the students practice giving chest compressions on CPR dummies.
Adults are often encouraged to do chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive.” However, the CHOA nurse showed the students how they could keep someone’s heart beating by singing “Baby Shark,” which is a song the students were more easily able to recall.
The CPR training is part of Clarkdale’s Beta and National English Honor Society clubs service project, and according to Clarkdale teachers, was entirely the students’ idea.
In addition to taking CPR training, the Clarkdale students also collected items to make first aid kits for the homeless in Cobb County.