As we approach spring break, I am getting closer and closer to finishing the process of setting up the classes. With our gallery walk yesterday, I was asked some good focusing questions. Among these, I was asked what I will do in return for these organizations providing the classes, I will keep this in the back of my mind until I can figure out. There has also been some good news. My contact Ryan has informed me that the cost of the Hearts-On classes can be reduced to $5, however all of the teachers need to be trained to be certified instructors. This presents a mild challenge, but also a great opportunity to make it affordable and worthwhile. This will be my main focus after spring break, to figure out the probability of this working, then focusing on the presentation. Hopefully after the presentation I will be able to make my vision a reality and create a new wave of awareness within our student body.
Things are going very well. Currently I have three different contacts for multiple different organizations that can help me get CPR classes here, one way or another. I have been talking with Trent from Heart Safe La Plata, Ryan from Hearts On, and Susan from Mercy Medical Center. This is exciting because now I will be able to work out a plan that is most beneficial for Animas and it's students, in terms of scheduling and cost. Alongside that, I have been preparing a presentation all about the details of CPR, the history of CPR, statistics and much more. I have been developing this to present at our next N.E.S.T meeting and get everyone hyped for CPR, and teach them why it is very important for everyone to learn CPR. The only road block that I have encountered so far is only my contacts not always being available for talking or planning. More updates to come, CPR is on it's way!
However slowly, I am making progress. I now have a contact that can provide me with access to student CPR classes, and get the students certified. The downside is that it will cost $60 per person to train, which will mean that the classes cannot be mandatory. However a course of action I can take is to raise money, or have someone sponsor our classes and allow every student to take the classes. Another Idea that I am looking into currently is the possibility of my becoming an instructor and teaching the students myself. The problem with that is most likely an issue of age and legal liability. But now I have options and contacts that I am able to speak with and discuss ideas. Etoile has introduced me to a man Named Ryan Wirth, who gave me the offer for the afore mentioned classes. At the moment I do not have a mentor at the current moment, but I might be able to talk to Ryan, or some other people I have been introduced to that might be my mentor. Moving forward, I will be looking into the possibility of becoming an instructor, and raising money for classes.
After many brainstorm sessions, I have finally found what I will do with this 20% of my year. I will be bringing (or attempting to bring) first aid and CPR/AED classed to Animas High School, and possibly other high schools in the area, through organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Durango Fire and Rescue, and more. I am very excited to have a task that is based on my interests, and that will be helping people and saving lives. As far as setting it up is concerned, I have the go ahead from the Head of School, and now I need to work on gaining support from one of the afore mentioned organizations. With their help, I will be able to organize and carry out yearly classes that teach all grades of high school students how to treat basic injuries and ailments, as well as perform CPR and use and AED safely and properly. Stay tuned for the next update.