Grants at Work

Brain Game Baby Book Project

Recently, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,500 mini-grant to the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative for the Brain Game Baby Book Project. Funding from Superior Health Foundation helped expand the Welcome Baby Hospital Visitation program with the inclusion of the Brain Game Baby Book in the Welcome Baby Bags. Through the support of this award, all new parents have received information on the importance of brain development and the role physical and social/emotional development play in a young child’s growth.

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Patriot Packs receives grant for two weeks of food

The Superior Health Foundation funded two weeks of Patriot Packs in West Ishpeming. This provides nutritious packs of food on weekends for school-age children in the NICE Community Schools.

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Superior Health Foundation grant enables Gwinn Middle School students to get invaluable CPR training

Students at Gwinn Middle School had an opportunity to be trained in the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) Family and Friends CPR Program in Mrs. Micheau’s 8th grade health education class.

 “I have to give a lot of credit to one of our bus drivers, Dave Oysti, for planting the idea. He called the school last year and was very passionate about finding out how to get students trained in CPR,” says Mrs. Micheau. Mr. Oysti is also a paramedic.

This past summer, Mrs. Micheau researched how to get a project like this funded.

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 “I submitted a mini-grant request to the Superior Health Foundation and was awarded $2,500 to pay for the curriculum, manikins, AED trainers and supplies,” Mrs. Micheau said. “I think it was a great idea, and after I did some research on the different curriculums through the AHA, I realized this is a very attainable goal because students don’t have to be certified to know CPR … they just need to be trained properly.”

 Mrs. Micheau is planning on training (not earning a CPR/AED card) all of her middle school health students in the AHA’s Family and Friends CPR/AED use and severe airway block. She plans on certifying (earning a CPR/AED card) her upper level Health 2 elective students in the AHA’s HeartSaver Program.  

While researching, Micheau learned there is a growing trend for states to require CPR training as a graduation requirement.

 “Currently, there are 30 states that require students to have CPR training, and some states require CPR training as a graduation requirement,” Micheau said.

 In June, CPR legislation (Senate Bill 647) in Michigan was passed and is now in the Michigan House of Representatives for final approval.

 “From what I understand,” Mrs. Micheau said, “if this passes, Michigan schools will be required to provide CPR and AED instruction/training to students in the 7-12th grade. I’m not sure on the specifics yet, but some states require as little as 30 minutes.

“With being a certified CPR instructor myself, I have the basic knowledge and ability to train and certify our students. However, according to the pending legislation, a teacher does not have to be a certified instructor in CPR in order to oversee, facilitate or oversee CPR instruction or training,” she added. “The pending legislation states that to certify students in CPR/AED, a teacher doesn’t need to be a certified CPR instructor.”

According to Mrs. Micheau, schools can get help for this instruction from the community EMT’s, paramedics, police officers, firefighters, CPR instructors or school employees who are properly trained. Schools will not need to purchase expensive equipment; many communities have manikins for students to practice on and all the supplies needed.

“I hope this becomes law in Michigan,” Mrs. Micheau said. “The more students we have trained in this basic life-saving skill the better off we all will be. My first marking period students really enjoyed this unit and they definitely learned a lot. I gave the students a pretest before starting the unit and the average in the class was 32.6 percent, with the post-test being 94.4 percent.”

Said Gabby Wallenslager, an eighth grade student in Mrs. Micheau’s health class: “I feel like I have learned a lot from this opportunity. Before learning this I thought CPR was just pounding on someone’s chest. This opportunity has indeed taught me what CPR truly is. Now I am quite confident that I would be able to save someone’s life, all thanks to Superior Health Foundation.”

Added Daylee O’Donnell, another eighth grade student: “I really liked CPR because now we can help people who are choking and unresponsive. Although CPR was hard at first, it got easier once I got the hang of it. We learned a lot more than I expected in such a short amount of time.”

“The opportunity I had was cool. Learning CPR could save someone’s life,” said Tianna Taylor, another eight grade student. “Mrs. Micheau was nice enough to get a grant for us to learn CPR and help us realize why it’s good to know CPR and the AED and how to save someone who’s choking. We have been taught to save lives for adults, children and infants … that’s pretty cool.”