D’Iberville students receive CPR training kits

The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association made it possible for CPR training kits to be put in classrooms.

Students in D’Iberville are learning the skills to help others stay alive. News 25 visited D’Iberville High today to join their JROTC students in CPR practice.

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, you’re stayin’ alive and now so are middle and high school students in D’Iberville. Heart Walk Volunteer Chairman Jonathan Allen said, “The American Heart Association wants to make it a point to get more of this stuff in schools and the schools are very receptive to it. As long as the Heart Association has the funds to be able to provide these CPR dummies to the schools, that is what we’re here to do today.”

The donation marks the first time a middle school in Harrison County received CPR training. The future military officers at D’Iberville High School say they’re ready to save lives. 11th grader Ali Sheikh said, “I feel it’s very beneficial because we don’t learn these in other classes so when stuff happens we wouldn’t be prepared usually, but here we are and we’re learning and getting prepared for real life events that can happen.”

12th grader Kenneth Gray said, “In our JROTC curriculum we actually teach first aid and so we’ve learned how to do it in those classes, but we’ve never had the dummies to actually put that to practice.”

Allen says they’re teaching young students the basics of CPR and of course listening to the Bee Gees to keep the beat. “Cardiovascular heart attack and stroke are the number one and number five killers of men and women in the United States. We need to bring attention to this and we need, especially here in South Mississippi, we need to make sure we get better on a healthy diet and we know what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest.”

There is a new state requirement that all Mississippi graduating seniors receive hands-only CPR instruction.

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