The Cass County Chapter of the American Red Cross recently taught the 20 students in Jack Graham’s fifth-grade class how to save a life.

What a great idea.

After nearly a month of class work and hands-on training, the Landis Elementary students now have certification in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first aid.

During the course, students learned not only first aid and CPR but how to use an automatic external defibrillator and how to save adults, children and infants from choking.

Graham also completed the course. He said he had gone through the training years ago, but he said a lot had changed and he found the course to be a great refresher. Besides, he said, seeing their teacher down on the floor performing CPR made the idea less intimidating for students.

Graham admitted he hadn’t been certain that fifth-graders really needed lifesaving skills, but he said the students enjoyed the experience. And besides, many of the kids will be baby-sitting soon, and you just never know when an emergency might arise.

Graham said he planned to continue offering the training to future classes, and he said he would encourage other teachers to do the same.

We would, too.

The training Graham and the Red Cross have provided to these youngsters is a gift that will last a lifetime. And it might very well turn out to be the gift of life.

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