Bishop Kenny High School was recognized in the Innovative Education Programs category at the 2017 Innovators in Education awards luncheon hosted by Jacksonville University on May 2. The annual contest is sponsored by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
The award application outlined the Hands-Only CPR and AED training, now in its second year as part of the Bishop Kenny health curriculum. At the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year, the entire student body will be trained in these potentially life-saving procedures. Thereafter, all freshmen will be trained by Lt. Colonel Lynn Seckinger who accepted the award on behalf of our school.
After the initial year of training conducted by the Baptist Health CPR Training Center, Lt. Col Seckinger emerged as the primary proponent and scheduler of training sessions, and instructor. He now trains and certifies other faculty members in CPR. Lt. Colonel Seckinger also assisted school administrators to prepare a grant application for needed CPR equipment and additional AEDs from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The new equipment was recently used to train all members of the Class of 2017.
The training program was initiated after Michael Namey, BK Class of 2015, and University of Central Florida freshman died of sudden cardiac arrest during class at UCF. Nobody in the classroom was able to respond with CPR or locate an AED. With a graduating class of 300 CPR/AED-trained students each year and 98-100% attending college, we anticipate the community impact will be widespread and will travel to colleges across the nation.
We are truly grateful to Lt. Colonel Seckinger and all of our health teachers for their leadership and perpetual enthusiasm for this program!