Local hospital donates emergency kits to Illini Bluffs school district

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Thanks to a nearby hospital teachers in one central Illinois school are learning how to save lives in emergency situations.

“School safety is part of our culture here,” said Dr. Alvey, Illini Bluff Superintendent.

After shootings at schools like Sandy Hook and Parkland, administrators at Illini Bluffs want to prepare in case tragedy ever strikes here at home. Earlier in the school year students and staff learned the importance of a reunification drill. On Friday that education continued as the district took the next steps in the stop the bleed campaign.

“Teaching bystanders to step in before first res ponders arrive and actually administer first aid,” said Alvey. He adds, “It’s not just within the walls of the school, they could be driving down the road come across a car accident and they’ll now have knowledge on how to save someones life potentially.”

Graham Hospital in Canton donated 100 emergency kits to be distributed on buses, in hallways and classrooms. Officials say its vital to continue the conversation on school safety.

“Most of what’s in that kit would be something that would be a mass shooting or a tragedy that could help save some kids life,” said Bob Seneff, President & CEO of Graham Health System

2nd grade teacher Tracy Herrmann believes the emergency kits will be a resource for years to come.

“Many times things that are needed teachers go out and buy with their own money so to have these things supplied for us and already organized and in totes is really just a tremendous help,” said Herrmann.

Dr. Alvey hopes more schools get involved in training to better prepare and keep your children out of harms way.

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