Mr. Speaker, this past year, the Houston area suffered a historic hurricane. My Congressional district was hammered by this flood. Hurricane Harvey left tremendous destruction in its wake. Kingwood High School was destroyed. 

But, the good folks at Humble Independent School District immediately went to work and the students returned to their newly renovated school this past spring. The people of Texas are a resilient bunch. The entire community pulled together, determined to put the school back together. There have been countless donations given by very generous folks in the Kingwood community.

Now with the help of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Kingwood High School is one step closer to normalcy. After learning that Kingwood High School had lost their CPR Training Kits due to flooding, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital donated two CPR in Schools Training Kits.

The donation was an extension of the Memorial Hermann Northeast sponsorship of the 2018 Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk. The CPR in Schools Training Kit was created by the American Heart Association. About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of- hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR can double a person’s chance of survival, especially if performed immediately.

It is the hope that the distribution of such kits to schools can help improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest through the coordination of proper CPR training. This curriculum is taught to both middle schools and high schools across the country.

The American Heart Association is helping prepare more students, teachers, and families to save lives with the CPR in Schools Curriculum Training Kit. The kits are designed specifically for educational environments and can be facilitated by anyone. 

Each kit contains everything required to train 10 to 20 students in CPR in just under 30 minutes. Kingwood High School nursing staff and the Student Council organizes the training. 

Seniors were given two opportunities to take CPR training before graduation. Thanks to Memorial Herman, Kingwood High School was able to train over 380 seniors using the two CPR in Schools Kits. 

Because of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, those 380 seniors have been given this lifesaving skill that was not as easily available to them before. These training kits will be used for years to come, training the next generation of lifesavers. 

And that’s just the way it is.