C. A. Moore Elementary School and SLPS extend appreciation and gratitude to Mrs. Frankie Sayles for her dedicated volunteer service and for her contributions to the education of children for thirty-three years.
In a special celebration on Friday, February 10, 2017, Mrs. Sayles was surrounded by children, school personnel, and community leaders as the Frankie Sayles Learning Center at C. A. Moore Elementary School was dedicated to her in honor of the support she has provided to countless children over the years.
More than 117 Health Science A&P 10th and 11th grade students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School learned Hands-Only CPR this week. These students were taught by Mary Higgins’ First Responder and Dual Enrollment students.
First Responder classes are available to students who have completed the Allied Health Program as a senior elective. First Responder students prepare for careers in emergency medicine by becoming CPR certified as Health Care Professionals, completing web based classroom instruction and skills in advanced first aid techniques, followed by a shadowing opportunity at various St. Lucie County Fire Stations. They will also take a State Certification test at the end of the year. Dual Enrollment classes are also available which gives the students the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary courses and receive both high school and postsecondary credit.
This “student-teaching-students” approach is innovative and one of the first of its kind in the state of Florida. Students will walk away knowing how to recognize the need for CPR, how to call 911, and how to push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR at this beat can more than double or triple a person’s chances of survival. This method has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in public.
Each student received an American Heart Association personal use CPR Anytime kit to take home and keep so that they can train additional family and friends in Hands-Only CPR. The American Heart Association expects hundreds more will be trained to save a life by the 10th and 11th grade participants. This event is part of the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR for Schools training program and is supported by an educational grant.
The students and staff at Fort Pierce Westwood High School welcomed Mr. Michael Carbenia, the director of Career & Technical Education, as a guest in the Speakers Bureau series.
Mr. Carbenia opened his presentation with a PowerPoint used to describe the Career & Technical Education program. He explained to students that the Career and Technical Education program offers a complete range of career options for all students, helping them to discover their interests and the educational pathways that lead to success. These programs offer students the opportunity to achieve industry-recognized certifications, work-based learning experiences, and articulated college credits. CTE helps students gain the technical skills, rigorous academic foundation, and real-world experience they need for post-secondary education and a high-skill, high-wage, high-demand career.
Mr. Carbenia also spoke about the obstacles he faced throughout life and the challenges he had growing up; he acknowledges that although he experienced those moments, he was always able to overcome them because of the high expectations and the opportunities for success that were set in place by the caring adults in his life. He expressed to the students how much he enjoyed his job because now he is able through the CTE program to create the same opportunities for all children who attend high school in St. Lucie Public Schools, a District that believes all children are capable of success… No Exceptions!
Principal Lynch introduces Mr. Carbenia to 9th grade students.