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American Heart Association teams up with Life is Why sponsor in Catawba County to bring CPR kits to local schools


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American Heart Association teams up with Life is Why sponsor in Catawba County to bring CPR kits to local schools

Hickory, NC—January 13, 2017— The American Heart Association has teamed up with Catawba County’s Life is Why sponsor, the Lackey Family, to distribute CPR kits to local schools. Twenty-one CPR in Schools kits will be distributed to eleven middle and high schools in three school districts- Catawba County, Newton-Conover, and Hickory Public Schools- at a 2 p.m. presentation on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Arndt Middle School.

This initiative is important in helping these school systems fulfill the requirement for every senior to learn CPR before graduation. CPR is generally taught at the eighth-grade level, and it is the reason the AHA and the Lackey family are providing these CPR kits to local middle and some high schools. According to the AHA, training the youth in CPR is vital because cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death, but quick CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

“It was really important to us to make sure that every student in Catawba County has access to CPR training,” says Bob Lackey. “With these kits, students will learn skills that will equip them to someday save the lives of a parent, grandparent or other family member.”

The CPR kits include ten Mini Anne Plus® inflatable manikins, DVDs to provide additional training for the students, and training manuals for the teachers. These kits are specifically designed to be fun and interactive to engage the students in learning CPR within a school setting.

H.M. Arndt Middle School, Jacobs Fork Middle School, Maiden Middle School, Mill Creek Middle School, River Bend Middle School, Newton-Conover Middle School, Grandview and Northview Middle Schools, Newton-Conover High School, Discovery High School and Hickory High School are the eleven schools that will be receiving the 21 CPR kits. The kits allow students and teachers to learn in a new and innovative way, allowing our communities to have more qualified lifesavers. Kids can learn these lifesaving skills in only one class. The kits are reusable and can be used to train thousands of students and teachers. To find out more about CPR in Schools and what the CPR kits include visit


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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