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American Red Cross Teaches Basic Aid Training to Fourth Graders

LINCOLN, NEB., Wednesday, October 30, 2013—The American Red Cross is excited to teach its Basic Aid Training Program to more than 3,100 Lincoln Public School District 4th Graders. Developed for children ages 8-10 years old, Basic Aid Training (BAT) introduces children to safety information and first aid procedures for a variety of situations with emphasis on safety, recognizing an emergency, getting help and caring for a victim.

“It’s truly remarkable to see how excited these students get when the Red Cross teaches them how to recognize an emergency and give them the skills they need to manage the situation until help arrives,” said Sue Alby, Red Cross Spokesperson. “We have had multiple situations where students have made a significant difference in recognizing and making a difference in the health of a victim and that tells us the training works.”

In the Basic Aid Training Program, students will learn:

• How and when to call 911 for help

  • How to check and help someone that is choking
  • Learn hands only CPR
  • How to identify household poisons and how to prevent poisoning
  • How to treat minor first aid injuries
  • Thanks to a generous grant by Lincoln Benefit Life, the Red Cross is able to purchase the necessary training supplies for these students. If you are interested in taking a lifesaving class, you visit or call 1(800) RED CROSS

    1(800) 733-2767.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.