Neighbors Emergency Center Lakeline Donates Needed Funds for CPR Education at Caraway Elementary School, Round Rock ISD
HOUSTON, Texas, October 17, 2016 – Seeing a need and wanting to make lives better for local elementary students, the Neighbors Emergency Center Lakeline location donated $1,800 for the “CPR in Classroom” program at Caraway Elementary School on October 6. Two hundred students and 12 teachers are expected to participate in the program this school year that will teach necessary skills to start lifesaving CPR for victims of cardiovascular emergencies.
School nurse Judy Gullen, RN, submitted the grant proposal to the Round Rock ISD Education Foundation in May, which reached out to Neighbors Emergency Center Lakeline for help. The Neighbors grant will pay for the books and supplies to begin the “CPR in Classroom” program. Students will be able to learn Bystander CPR which can save lives as an early intervention method if someone is having a heart attack.
Gullen, along with Caraway Physical Education Teacher Veronica Cavazos, will start the program by teaching 4th and 5th grade students CPR skills with the ultimate goal of training the Caraway staff and its community. Gullen also hopes the program will allow she and Cavazos to teach CPR skills to younger students the following school year.
“I am thrilled to have gotten this grant,” said Gullen. “I was always told if you wanted something, then you have to ask for it. Neighbors has given me the opportunity to teach potentially lifesaving skills to our 4th and 5th grade students. It will make for a stronger student body and a stronger community.”
Gullen expects the program to expand to the school’s parent community also.
“I would like to have one class this semester for interested parents. With success, we can expand to one class in the second semester,” stated Gullen.
Gullen hopes to also teach basic CPR techniques through the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Student Health) program and the school’s Family Wellness Night.