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Henry Benton
P.E. teacher Joyce Grotthuss performs compressions on one of Lab’s new CPR mannequins.

After receiving a $2,000 grant from the Parents’ Association last spring, Lab purchased the BigRed LightSaving Mannequins for the CPR and lifeguarding rotations in the P.E. department. 

Joyce Grotthuss, who teaches CPR, a required course for juniors, believes students will benefit from the new supplies.

The new equipment has LED lights to indicate direct feedback of blood flow. The mannequins also light up, providing immediate feedback to let students know that CPR is given correctly.

“I think students would benefit from seeing the lights, and hearing the clicks, versus my verbal feedback, which is what we usually do,” Ms. Grotthuss said.

Josh Potter, who also teaches lifeguarding, a P.E. elective, also believes the equipment will be useful.

“It knows how deep you’re going. It knows how fast you’re compressing as well,” Mr. Potter said. “So it helps you really get a realistic idea of what it is to save someone’s life and to really restart the heart.”

Ms. Grotthus is eager to put the equipment to use this year. 

“I’m very excited and happy to try them, and I just can’t wait,” she said. “I mean, I love teaching CPR, because I feel like it’s a life skill for everyone to have.”

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Edward Park, Assistant Editor
Edward Park is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as an assistant editor. He joined the journalism staff in the 2022-23 school year as a sophomore. Outside of journalism, Edward enjoys watching sports and cooking for his family.
Henry Benton, Photographer
Henry Benton is an editor and a member of the Class of 2025. His favorite part of photojournalism is being with a team. The most fulfilling part of PhotoJ is seeing your photos in the paper. Outside of photojournalism Henry enjoys boxing, music and video games. Awards: 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Photo slideshow, certificate of merit (with Andrew Burke-Stevenson, Malcolm Taylor, Matt Petres, Chloe Ma and Patrice Graham), “Photo gallery: Faculty face off in Homecoming arm wrestling tournament”

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