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Chesapeake Academy 2nd-graders learn first aid

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Above, Chesapeake Academy second-grader John Vail (prostrate on the table) mimics a fainting victim while first aid and CPR trainer Joe Kaulfold demonstrates how to check for breathing. He is assisted by second-grader Braxton Gallaher who is checking for the rise and fall of his classmate’s chest.
Second grade students in Molly Vanderpool’s second-grade class at Chesapeake Academy recently earned the “Basic First Aid” patch from The American Red Cross. The program teaches the “Three C’s” of elementary first aid—Check, Call 911, and Care.

“If someone falls and gets really hurt on the playground, someone needs to take charge and tell everyone what to do,” said second-grader Claire Keesee.

While students were directed to seek adult help and care, they were given information on proper hygiene for cuts, including the use of coverings to prevent infection and direct pressure to stop bleeding.

An essential component of the first aid class was for students to learn to handle themselves in an emergency, and to speak clearly and calmly in any potentially dramatic situation.

Joe Kaulfold, a local emergency medical technician (EMT), who teaches CPR and first aid, conducted the class in order to help youngsters be prepared for life’s boo-boos and to practice reactions in case the adults in their lives are in need of care. “I feel a lot braver now, because we know what to do,” said second-grader Harry Lee. 

posted 10.28.2009

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