The St. Johns Public Schools Spotlight
MEEMIC Insurance - Rich Kingsley - Donates AED to Eureka Elementary
An AED, short for automated electronic defibrillator, is an easy-to-use device that can shock the heart into a normal rhythm. During CPR/AED Drill Week, Nov.10-14, 2014 and Feb. 2-9, 2015, schools are encouraged to practice their readiness to respond to a cardiac emergency. Eureka Elementary School will now be able to respond to these situations, thanks to a generous donation of an AED by MEEMIC INSURANCE - Rich Kinsley.
“Seemingly healthy students can suffer cardiac arrest,” says Karla Palmer., St. Johns Public Schools, District Nurse “Being ready to help with CPR and AED use can make a difference in preventing major brain damage and saving lives.”
CPR provides blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the likelihood that a shock delivered by an AED will get the heart beating again. The devices only work if they detect an abnormal or no heart rhythm.
Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 300 Michigan children and adults under age 40 each year, according to the state health department.
Since December 1999, at least 51 Michigan students have died because of sudden cardiac arrest and related causes.
Emergency response training programs improves a school’s ability to respond to any emergency that occurs on school property. Thank you to MEEMIC Insurance - Rich Kingsley for this donation. If you have questions regarding this program please contact Karla Palmer, School District Nurse at 989-227-4126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Community Coalition
Clinton County Great Start Director Karen Black (left) and St. Johns Public Schools Health Officer Karla Palmer each received $700 checks from Sparrow Clinton Hospital Foundation Director Pete Shannon at the fall quarterly meeting of the Clinton County Healthy Community Coalition.
Since 2010, the SCH Foundation has helped organize and lead a county-wide obesity prevention initiative. Early efforts focused on increasing awareness. Current efforts focus on assisting existing resources that offer healthy lifestyle opportunities for children and families. Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults with an increased risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure.
A total of six $700 checks have been presented to school districts in Clinton County, encouraging healthy eating and improved physical activity.
Winter 2014 - Spotlight - Student Designer/Editor: senior - Lauren Suidgeest