Written by Hope Palalay and Anna Scalzo
As we approach the end of June, we have finished up teaching in high schools. So far this year we have taught all of the freshmen health classes in every high school in Jefferson County, KY and even some high schools in Bullitt County, KY and Oldham County, KY. While our time teaching at high schools comes to a close, we really enjoyed getting to know great teachers and students throughout the greater Louisville area. All of the students who took our hands-only CPR class learned how to save a life or as some put it: become a hero.
At the beginning of each class we ask, “What is the first thing you think of when you hear CPR?” People often offer “mouth to mouth” or “chest compressions.” Sometimes people even shout out “fear” or “death.” But one class a freshman offered an answer we had never heard before. On this day when we asked the question, he raised his hand high and responded with “being a hero.”
In Louisville, KY studies have shown that on average only 1 in 4 would receive bystander CPR, while the same study has shown that in other cities, such as Seattle, WA 3 out of 4 would receive bystander CPR. Looking at these studies it becomes clear that Louisville could use some more heroes, like this young man, who are ready to step in and perform hands-only CPR.
Although we have finished teaching at high schools, we are beyond excited to continue our mission of teaching hands-only CPR in community centers, churches, businesses, and even sporting events. If you or anyone you know would be interested in scheduling a free class with us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.