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Red Cross, Kellogg Family Foundation, high schools teaming up for life-saving training

The Livingston County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Edward and June Kellogg Family Dental Foundation, in collaboration with Livingston County schools, are pleased to announce an innovative partnership designed to train 10,000 in potentially lifesaving measures over the next four years.

Through a generous grant from the Edward and June Kellogg Family Dental Foundation, the program will provide equipment, supplies, and instructor training for Livingston County’s five public high schools: Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, and Pinckney. As a result, each school will be ready and able to train every high school student in CPR, First Aid, and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

“This is an incredible opportunity to further the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross and further position our county’s students as leaders,” said Renee Wyatt, executive director of the Livingston County Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We’re very grateful to Dr. Kellogg for his role in making this unique program possible.”

In addition to providing training for 10,000 high students over the next four to five years, the grant will also fund the creation of an Emergency Response Team at each high school, comprised of staff members from each of the county’s 44 schools. The team members will be certified in CPR, first aid, AED use, asthma, and EpiPen response. Funds have also been allocated to ensure the head coaching staff for the 5 high schools are certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED use as well.

“It’s taken a lot of planning to make this dream a reality, but thanks to Dr. Kellogg, Red Cross and the schools coming together, we know we will help save a life”, said Matt Ikle, chairperson of the Livingston County Red Cross.

“I’m a firm believer that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Dr. Kellogg, “That’s why I’m honored we can do our part to support this partnership.”

The training provided in all components of the program is American Red Cross certification-level education.

Additional funding was made possible by Asahi Kasei Plastics of Howell.

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