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Lincoln-West students to learn CPR

State legislators have talked about mandating lifesaving classes in high school, but CMSD is teaching the skill without being told.

More than 100 students at Lincoln-West High School, as well as about 20 staff, will learn how to administer CPR on Wednesday. They also will receive instruction in first aid and use of an automated external defibrillator.

CMSD staff certified by the American Red Cross will teach the classes, which are being offered with the help of money from donors. The Northeast Ohio Region of the Red Cross would like to promote the model to other high schools, spokeswoman Christine Moran said.

“We think it’s a great idea,” she said. “It’s a great audience to get to; we’d like to see it happen across the country.”

CMSD nurses are on a mission to train fellow employees, students and the community in CPR.

Nearly 460 CMSD employees learned the skill on Feb. 13, a day when staff across the District gathered for various kinds of training. In all, nearly 1,000 staff, community partners and Cleveland Catholic Diocese employees have been trained in CPR.