Piedmont Natural Gas Gifts CPR in Schools Kits to 12 Guilford County High Schools

In Partnership with the American Heart Association and Guilford County Schools, Piedmont Natural Gas gifted cost-saving and life-saving equipment to 12 Guilford County high schools at the Principals Meeting on March 1. Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Piedmont Natural Gas, 12 Guilford County high school principals received a CPR in Schools Training Kit for their school to alleviate school costs and ensure implementation of the CPR in Schools graduation requirement, signed into law by Governor Bev Perduein 2012.

“Piedmont’s No. 1 priority is safety, and so partnering with the American Heart Association to place CPR training materials in these schools was an easy decision to make. Training in CPR is such an important skill that can truly save lives,” shared Phil Morgan, Piedmont Natural Gas Community Relations Manager.Piedmont Natural Gas Gifts CPR in Schools Kits to 12 Guilford County High Schools

The schools that received the gifted CPR in Schools Kits are as follows: Andrews High, Dudley High, Eastern High, Grimsley High, Northeast High, Northern High, Northwest High, Ragsdale High, Smith High, Southern High, Southwest High and Western High. A needs assessment was conducted through Guilford County Schools and the schools with the most need were chosen to receive the donated CPR in Schools Kits.

“We are excited to receive this generous donation of an additional 12 CPR training kits for our high schools in Guilford County,” said Becki Haislip, K-12 Health and Physical Education Supervisor for Guilford County Schools. “This will greatly improve our students’ abilities to save lives should a heart emergency occur at school, at home and in our community.”

Of the 350,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests that occur annually, 90% of those victims will not survive. Of those 90%, 46% of those victims do not receive the critical CPR or Hands-Only CPR help that they

needed. CPR can double or triple one’s chance of survival if compressions are performed in the first few minutes.

Developed by the American Heart Association, the CPR in Schools program allows students to practice CPR on a manikin while watching skills performed correctly on a DVD. Schools across the country that participate in the program are equipped with a CPR in Schools Kit which includes 10 Mini Anne Plus® inflatable manikins, practice-while-watching training DVDs, AED training simulators, a Facilitator Binder that contains lesson plans, replacement face masks and other materials to help ensure a successful and educational program.

For more information about CPR in Schools visit www.heart.org/cprinschools or contact Laura May at 336-907-8841 or Laura.May@Heart.org if you would like to help fund essential CPR in Schools Kits for additional schools in Guilford County.

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