Teaching kids how to care for kids

Kids learn how to handle an emergency

Teaching kids how to care for kids

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - When an emergency happens, some Region 8 kids will be able to spring into action.

This past week, participants in St. Bernards’ Babysitting Class learned lifesaving techniques, including CPR, first aid, and how to use automated external defibrillators (AED). They even learned how to prepare simple, healthy meals.

Dr. Elizabeth Nix, who has worked with the program for 25 years, said the kids take away a lot of valuable information from the class, but one thing stands out to her.

“The whole thing is [for them] to be prepared and not to panic,” Nix said. “That’s what we teach our kids.”

And they seem to be learning the lessons.

She said several parents have contacted the instructors to report their kids have used what they learned in real-life situations.

“Our whole goal is to have safe babysitters,” Nix said. “We want kids to know what to do. Even if they’re staying by themselves, we want them to know what to do in the case of an emergency.”

This summer’s session has ended but if there is an interest, St. Bernards might consider offering more classes throughout the year.

For more information on the Babysitters Class, call 870-972-4100.

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