- Kevin D. Thompson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
In 2016, state legislation began encouraging for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in schools and new laws in many states will soon require students to be trained in CPR before high school graduation.
Team Certified, a group of local teens from John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, might be paving the way for something that will become a standard for all Palm Beach County schools.
The students pitched the idea in March to Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank, a program that fosters and funds philanthropic, community betterment ideas presented by Palm Beach County students in grades 7-12.
The group received a $12,500 check.
On Thursday, the team conducted training at Lake Worth Middle School to teach kids CPR, first-aid and basic medical treatment in case of emergency.
“I believe anyone can save a life and almost anyone can be trained,” said Tania Martinez, an instructor. “Team certified news can help people identify signs and symptoms in needing emergency care. It is a lifetime lesson that people don’t forget.”
Martinez said she learned CPR when she was 14.
“I know if the students learn it at a young age it is forever in their minds especially when you are trying to save your loved ones,” she said.
— KEVIN D. THOMPSON