In December, three Nativity students—all of them eighth graders—earned their two-year certification in CPR and first aid. The three of them join all eleven members of our faculty as trained personnel in the basics of life-saving techniques.
“You never know when the training will come in handy,” said Millenia Q., one of the three eighth graders now certified in these essential skills. “I feel better knowing that I can help someone in need if there ever is a situation where someone needs help.”
All 23 eighth graders received the basic CPR training course, thanks to the help of a team of graduate students from the Han School of Nursing at the University of San Diego (USD). But these three students took the initiative to complete the full certification training course.
The three students who earned special distinction did so on their own, completing the required online courses at home and undergoing the rigorous skills assessment by one of USD’s trained graduate students.
“We’re just so proud of them,” said Nativity’s director of admissions and seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher, Mr. Arturo Solis. “I earned my certification years ago, and I renew the course every two years. It’s such an important skill to know…when and if you need to, it can save someone’s life,” Solis added.
Nativity’s assistant principal, Mr. Elijah Bonde, said the CPR curriculum will remain a focus of the work that the Hahn School students continue to do each year. “Yes, this is a good first step, having three of our eighth graders complete the course this year. Next year, we hope to have more learning CPR.”
Bonde also emphasized the value of the unique relationship with USD’s Hahn School. “A group of USD volunteers, all of them earning their masters degrees in nursing, have been volunteering their time for the past four months,” said Bonde. “This relationship has been in place for the past four years, but this is the first year they’ve provided this special program (in CPR training).”
We are grateful to USD and the Hahn School of Nursing for their continued good work with our students. In addition to the CPR class they offered this year, each year they commit to working with our students, our families, and our faculty on a wide range of health-related topics.
Thank you, USD!