More than 6,000 students in Wisconsin are trained in hands-only CPR through the program “CPR in Schools,” which equips Wisconsin schools with materials to train middle and high school students.

That includes students at Stoughton High School and River Bluff Middle School.

While the program’s grant funding from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment is coming to a close, thousands of students will continue to be trained each year, according to a news release from the American Heart Association.

The program began in 2016 to ensure Wisconsin schools offer ongoing, high-quality CPR training for its students. According to the news release, when a cardiac arrest victim collapses, a victim’s chance of survival can double or even triple if a bystander begins CPR before first responders arrive.

Since its start, the program has reached 332 Wisconsin schools, training at least one teacher in every school, and has trained 6,191 Wisconsin students.

The project was led by the Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 7 and the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA) assisted with providing experienced trainers for these sessions, and the American Heart Association created the CPR in Schools kits which are provided to schools.

“Empowering teachers and students to be lifesavers in their own communities is a priceless skill and we are proud to partner on this statewide effort,” said Jeff Dickert, CESA 7 Administrator. “Even though this grant is ending, this critical training will continue on through the partnerships that Wisconsin schools have built with their local community partners.”

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