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Frisco Sixth-Graders Train to Save Lives

School district adds expanded CPR curriculum at all middle schools

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    The Frisco Independent School District is teaching its middle school students life-saving skills like CPR and how to use a defibrillator. (Published Thursday, Dec 13, 2012)

    Middle school students in Frisco are learning CPR and how to use a defibrillator as part of an expanded CPR awareness curriculum.

    The curriculum gives every sixth-grader in the district hands-on CPR training. It costs less than $10,000 to implement at the district's middle schools.

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    "If you don't know how to do it and there's somebody who needs it, they can possibly die," sixth-grader Ellee Edgar said.

    Last year, seventh-grader Kylee Shea collapsed while walking to gym class after her heart stopped beating.

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    Her coaches, Kristen Goodgion and Brent Reeese, revived her by performing CPR and using a defibrillator.

    "It can't just happen to an adult or to a student running -- it can happen to anybody, anytime," Kylee said.

    Since her collapse, the school's coaches and Kylee's mother have been crucial in creating and championing the training.

    "That was the biggest driving force is we need to get the word out," Goodgion said. "We need to get everybody prepared to do what they need to do."

    Seventh- and eighth-graders in physical education classes will also receive the training.

    "It's amazing, because two ordinary people can do it," Kylee said. "It's not just coaches. Everybody can do it."