Madison County Middle School eighth grade physical science teacher Sam Rafal is motivated by an old Hebrew saying: “To save a life, is to save an entire world.”
“I want to teach these students that they can make a difference in this world — that they can save a life by using their head, their hands, and their hearts,” said Rafal.
Rafal and teachers Linda LaZear and Craig Wennerston — along with two on-duty medics from the Madison County EMS — worked this month with middle school students, helping them acquire life-saving CPR and Heimlich maneuver skills.
Every eighth grader received certification in American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR for adults, children and infants. They were also introduced to the automated external defibrillator. This year’s eighth graders were the second eighth grade class to receive the certification, which means that half of the high school — next year’s ninth and tenth graders — will have received the certification.
Meanwhile, all sixth and seventh grade students were also instructed on hand-only CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. That means over 1,000 students at MCHS learned a life saving procedure this year.