There were 16.3 million students enrolled in public high schools in the U.S. in 2008 — students who are eager to learn CPR and save lives. At least, that’s what we’ve found talking to high school students throughout Michigan this past year.
This is great news! But there’s a problem — school budget cuts are making it difficult for schools to afford to teach CPR classes, even though students are genuinely excited to learn. Our mission at ProTrainings has always been to bring our CPR training to as many people as possible, even if that means making it available for free.
During the 2011-2012 school year, we contacted hundreds of high school teachers and administrators and were able to successfully train more than 1,400 students in 17 schools, at no cost to the school. Thanks to the support of all our paying ProCPR customers, we have been able to use a portion of the proceeds to give back to the community and train our next generation of rescuers. It has been amazing to visit classrooms and talk to the teachers and kids about CPR and saving lives (read more about our experiences on our School CPR blog).
The response so far has been truly amazing, but we need your help! More schools need to be told about the Student CPR program, and you can help us make that happen. Talk to the principal or health teacher at your local high school about the importance of widespread CPR training. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and help spread the word to everyone you know. Together, we can make a difference and give more people a second chance at life.