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Sunnyside District Receives Life-saving Donation
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By Victor Mercado
Director of Public Information
APRIL 4, 2019 / MODIFIED APR 24, 2019 12:00 PM

The Sunnyside Unified School District held a press conference with community partners, Tucson Electric Power and the American Heart Association to announce a gift of 15 CPR kits donated to District high schools via a generous donation from the Marley Foundation and Tucson Electric Power. 

These type of training resources are critical now that Arizona Senate Bill 1137 mandates all high school students are trained in CPR as part of their graduation requirements. Sunnyside and Desert View High School have hosted CPR trainings via the Academy of Medical and Allied Health Careers, a program of Pima County JTED. 

Wendy Erica Werden talks about the longstanding partnership between the Sunnyside District and Tucson Electric Power.
Wendy Erica Werden Manager of Community Investment and Philanthropy with Tucson Electric Power talks about the longstanding partnership between TEP and the Sunnyside District. TEP funds a wide-range of initiatives via community grants and other partnerships.  

The all-inclusive kits are designed to work with DVD/streaming content to provide another avenue to teach hands-only CPR to students. Through this gift the District will make a tremendous impact in creating the next generation of lifesavers. 

Mike Deitch, a Community CPR Manager based out of Los Angeles with the American Heart Association coaches Sunnyside Asst. Superintendent, Dr. Eugenia Favela on the proper way to perform chest compressions. Mike travels across the country to conduct Train the Trainer events for the American Heart Association. 

SB 1137 was passed in 2016 with a three-year phase in. The bill states that by the 2019-2020 school year, every student in a public or charter high school in Arizona must learn-hands only CPR at least once in their high school career.

CPR/First Aid kits were donated by the Marley Foundation and TEP. Each kit is valued at $650. 


Related links:
Sunnyside schools now equipped with CPR Kits, April 3, 2019. By: Eric Fink, KVOA.