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American Heart Association & Local Philanthropist Carol Ammon Gift Red Clay

John Dickinson High School and Principal Damon Saunders served as the receiver for the district of a special donation for Red Clay High Schools on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.  Saunders, Superintendent Dorrell Green and District Lead Nurse Mandy Pennington accepted CPR in Schools Kits donated by the American Heart Association and local Philanthropist Carol Ammon.  One kit will be placed in each Red Clay High School. 


“We’ve been blessed to have a donor supply CPR in Schools kits to four high schools in Delaware,” stated Executive Director, Delaware David Morris, “It’s our goal to train all Delawareans in hands-only CPR.”


These lifesaving gifts will put thousands of more lifesavers in the community. Every year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital, and more than 20 percent occur in public places where the survival rate depends on the ability of passerby to perform CPR.


The state of Delaware is one of 39 states that has a high school graduation requirement of CPR training.  But training equipment can be costly.  The American Heart Association has been doing its part to raise critical funding to gift CPR kits to schools so that they may fulfill their mandated requirements. According to the AHA, nearly 45% of survivors from cardiac arrest outside of the hospital can be attributed to a bystander performing CPR.


“This year we have trained and certified over 300 staff members in CPR and AED. Additionally, we have certified 35 students from the early childhood pathway at McKean High School in CPR and First Aid,” stated Pennington, “We know that cardiac arrests claim more lives than colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, HIV, firearms, auto accidents and house fires combined. Thus, we want to get as many people as possible certified.”


Currently, AHA has placed 9 kits in schools throughout Delaware. The goal is to place at least one kit in every high school in Delaware.