Third through fifth-graders acquire life-saving skills in Physical Education
March 29, 2018 — Students are never too young to learn basic life-saving skills, and thanks to the collaboration of Garden Ridge Elementary’s school nurse, Sheila Pecky, and Physical Education teacher, Brenda Jacobs, these students have that knowledge.
“We try to teach this in February to go along with Jump Rope for Heart and Go Red for Women,” Pecky said. “We set a few dates aside during specials time to get all the classes in and not take away from any academics.”
“Since February is Heart Month, and because all of it goes together, the kids really remember,” Jacobs added.
Using mannequins from The American Heart Association, the two educators gave a demonstration on both choking relief and Hands-Only CPR. The students also saw first-hand how an automated external defibrillator (AED) device can be used.
After a short video and the in-person lesson, students were given the opportunity to practice these skills for themselves. Partners and groups took turns sharing the choking mannequins as well as the CPR mannequins. Pecky and Jacobs assisted with improving each students’ technique and assuring that they were learning the correct way to implement these methods.
Both Pecky and Jacobs agreed that the most important reason to implement this into their lessons is simply saving lives.
See photos from this activity on Garden Ridge Elementary's Facebook page.