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posted Jan 28, 2014, 1:58 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 PM ]
Duluth Awarded Hands-Only CPR Training Kit Grant

   Duluth is one of five cities chosen by the American Heart Association and Cities of Service to receive 500 CPR

Anytime Kits (or Hands-Only CPR Training Kits) to help turn more residents into lifesavers. Duluth plans to train 3000 citizens with the grant, equipping citizens to act as first responders in cardiac arrest emergencies. Mayor Don Ness and ISD 709 Superintendent Bill Gronseth were among the first to be trained.

   "I am pleased to join the Duluth Fire Department in kicking off a City initiative that has the potential of saving lives," says Mayor Don Ness. "I encourage Duluthians to join me in taking the pledge to learn hands-only CPR and to extend that training to their friends and family."

Citizens will have the opportunity to be trained on the Hands-Only CPR Kits through a variety of outreach activities:

---Coordination with the Duluth Public Schools for middle and high school students to be trained through the health curriculum

---Free monthly trainings by the Duluth Fire Department at neighborhood community clubs

--Open training sessions at large-scale community events

--Invitation to service groups, businesses, faith communities and other community organizations to schedule a training

Trainings take no more than 30 minutes per session. Citizens are invited to register for an upcoming class or to request a training session for their organization by visiting: or call Cheryl Skafte, the City's Volunteer Coordinator at (218) 730-4334.


Governor Proclaims Paraprofessional Recognition Week

   Earlier this month, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Paraprofessional Recognition Week.  The proclamation recognizes the work done by paraprofessionals who provide a number of services within schools, including support for instruction, student activities, and numerous tasks which contribute to educational success, improving student achievement and increasing the effectiveness of Minnesota schools.



The Duluth East Cheerleaders competed at the Spirit Of America Championship at Mall of America, took 1st and won Division Champs.  Next stop is WOW Factor Cheer Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota!