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West. Rd. Elementary Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

three students practice compressions Students at Westmoreland Road Elementary School are being equipped with skills that could be used to save someone's life.

On Feb. 26-27, students learned how to perform hands-only CPR during their physical education classes. After watching an instructional video the P.E. teachers demonstrated how to do compressions, and taught the students how to distinguish between when CPR is and is not necessary.

Students practiced compressions using a ball for several minutes, then played a game of tag involving CPR. Four students were given a ball to tag other students with, and when a student was tagged, they had to do 10 compressions on a ball before they could get back into the game. It was both a fun and educational game to get kids practicing the skills they had just learned.

This is the second year that all students within the Whitesboro Central School District are being taught hands-only CPR. It’s mandated by New York State that students must be trained in CPR before they can graduate, but previously it was only taught to junior and senior students.

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