By Brad Mosher
When it comes to lessons, Ethan Krebs hopes his students at Halliday Elementary never need to use what they learned on Friday the Thirteenth.
The students were learning lessons on how to save lives.
Krebs, the physical education and health teacher at the school had arranged for a local fire truck and ambulance to come to the school and for his students to get a chase to see the vehicles close up.
Inside the building, Krebs was handling hands on instruction using adult and child CPR dummies to work on developing the skills to help save lives.
“With the adult CPR, the difference is the rate of compressions. WIth adults, you do compressions with the palms down,” he said.
“They practice rescue breaths and compressions,” the teacher explained.
“I hope they don’t ever have to do any of this, but…they need to be familiar with the process so if something happens, they can help out.”
It is good for the students to know the basic techniques if they are in a situation and “something goes sideways,” Krebs added.
There were several stations that were used to reinforce the lessons, Krebs said.
In addition to the rescue techniques, the students were also told to access the situation to figure out if it was safe to be where the problem was.
They also learned that with adults they should shake first and ask if the person was awake.
For small children, there was a different technique.
“We go over the same principles every time,” he said.
“We are trying to do as much repitition as we can. We want to try and get as much safety stuff as we can (to stick).”
There is a reason for the push to prepare the students for possible future events where the techniques they learn could help make a difference, he said.
“We are trying to do a lot more hands on teaching and other activities,” he explained.
That will continue in the winter months when the school switches to a four-day school week with more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities,” he added.