CPR in Schools Training Kit

September 23, 2015

The American Heart Association announced today that Lexington Public Schools will receive three CPR in Schools Training Kits, thanks to support from Lexington Regional Health Center, now the local sponsor of the CPR in Schools initiative. With Lexington Regional Health Center’s $10,000 commitment to the American Heart Association, Lexington High School will receive two CPR in Schools Training Kits and a third kit will rotate between the elementary and middle school, helping train 200-300 students in bystander CPR this year alone.

Lexington Public Schools will officially receive the CPR in Schools Training Kits at a special presentation on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. at Lexington High School. Dr. John Hakonson, superintendent of Lexington Public Schools, and Leslie Marsh, CEO of Lexington Regional Health Center, will be at the presentation along with high school, middle school and elementary school teachers and staff leading CPR training.

“Seventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home, so we have to find ways to emphasize the importance of knowing CPR to save the lives of family members and loved ones,” Marsh said. “Schools are integral parts of our communities and teaching life-saving CPR will help increase bystander CPR across all communities and in turn empower more people to act in an emergency and help save a life.”

Developed with lifesaving science and research from the American Heart Association, the leader in CPR programs, each kit is in an easy-to-carry bag and includes: 10 Mini Anne Plus® inflatable manikins; 10 kneel mats with carry bags; 10 practice-while- watching training DVDs; hand pump for manikin inflation; two mesh collection and storage bags; 50 replacement airways; 50 manikin wipes; and 10 replacement face masks. A lesson plan and a facilitator guide is also included with each kit.

Physical education teacher Austin Bacon and health teacher Amber Burson will support the usage of CPR in Schools Training Kits at Lexington High School. Other staff members coordinating the use of the kits include Pershing Elementary health teacher Kris Thorell and nurse Tonya Smith and Lexington Middle School health teacher Sandy Gnirk.

Kids learning bystander CPR may be the answer to reducing death from the more than 326,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. Sadly, most of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR, or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. The American Heart Association believes kids are the answer to saving more lives. That’s why the American Heart Association is helping prepare more students, their teachers and their families to save lives with its CPR in Schools initiative.

Since 2011, the American Heart Association has been working with communities and other organizations to prepare more students, their teachers and families to save lives with CPR in Schools. Lawmakers in 24 states, including Iowa, are requiring all students be trained in psychomotor skill-based CPR before graduating from high school. That means more than one million students will be trained in CPR each year, resulting in millions of qualified lifesavers in our communities. Teaching students in school how to administer CPR will help increase the chance that a victim of cardiac arrest has the help they need until paramedics arrive.

Nebraska does not currently require CPR training before high school graduation, but the American Heart Association supports legislation to change that. Last year, the American Heart Association helped train 71,765 Nebraska residents in lifesaving CPR.

For additional information on American Heart Association events in the Lexington area and statewide, please contact Jamie Schneider at 402-810-6851, 402-915-0955 or Jamie.Schneider@heart.org.


The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.