By: C.W. Smith/Junior Writer
At the Blue Ridge School Board re-organizational meeting on December 3, 2019, Chris Caterson of the Montrose Lions Club presented the District with $1260 in grant funds to support CPR/AED/First Aid Education at Blue Ridge.
Trainees will learn to provide first aid, CPR, and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner.
According to Matthew Nebzydoski, Blue Ridge’s emergency planning administrator, the Lions Club is excited to support a program that may have lasting impact on students and the community.
Funds will be used to purchase instructional supplies, modern CPR/AED manikins, AED trainers and training for instructors.
Nebzydoski, who is also a Lions Club member, approached the club with the idea and completed the necessary grant request.
The Lions Club began its association with Blue Ridge as the sponsor club for the school’s Leo Club when the Great Bend-Hallstead Lions disbanded.
“At the time,” says Nebzydoski, “the Montrose Lions were aware of BR Leo involvement in annual service events such as the Veteran’s Day breakfast and Toys for Tots program. They felt that it was very important to support the Leo club at Blue Ridge and promote Lionism in the broader Montrose community.”