Be Prepared to Save a Life

Creek County Literacy Program offers free CPR/AED course.

By: Melissa Struttman | Category: Education | Issue: June 2015

Course participants get “hands-on” experience while learning the fundamentals of life-saving CPR techniques.

Course participants get “hands-on” experience while learning the fundamentals of life-saving CPR techniques.

Nicole Michael, MPH, CHES, Public Health Educator with the Creek County Health Department, encourages area residents and families to attend a free Heartsaver® CPR/AED Course on June 17th at the Library Annex in Sapulpa.

“This course is not geared towards healthcare providers; rather, it is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED operation to meet job, regulatory or other requirements,” explained Michael. “It’s good for those who have never taken a CPR course and for those that are renewing their card.”

“We are very fortunate, through a grant, to be able to offer it at no charge,” added Melissa Struttmann, Executive Director of Creek County Literacy Program.

Heartsaver® CPR/AED Course will be held at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa. Registration is limited to ten participants. Attendees must be at least 16 years old and must register in advance.

Upon completion of this course, students will receive a Heartsaver® CPR/AED Course Completion Card that is valid for two years. During the course, Michael will conduct video-based lessons and work with students to complete their CPR and AED skills practice and testing. Some of the topics covered will include one and two person rescue, as well as adult, infant and child CPR. Cards will be available approximately three to four weeks after the completion of the course; and available for pickup at the Library Annex. Proof of attendance can be provided at the end of class for those that need immediate proof.

Seventeen percent of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma, and four percent of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a ninth grade education. More than 400,000 Oklahoma adults are functionally illiterate. The Mission of the Creek County Literacy Program is to encourage, educate and equip aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy.

This free Heartsaver® CPR/AED Course is a health literacy outreach project of Creek County Literacy Program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Free Tutor Training Begins June 9th

If you are an adult interested in training to become a volunteer literacy tutor this is the class for you.  To become a tutor, one must attend CCLP’s free 8-hour Tutor Training workshop.  Knowledge of another language is not necessary and no prior teaching experience is required.  The next workshop will be help at the Library annex, 15 North Poplar St. in Sapulpa.  Dates are Tuesday, June 9 from 9 am to 2 pm and Thursday, June 11 from 9 am to Noon.  Both sessions are mandatory.  Lunch and snacks are provided.

The presenter, Donna Hall, received her Master’s in Reading from Northeastern State University and is a Certified Reading Specialist.  She is also a National Board certified teacher in early Childhood Education.  She had taught in the elementary school setting for 18 years, and currently teaches second grade at Edison Elementary School in Bristow.  For 2 years she served as a REACH Instructional Coach and provided training and assistance to 14 school districts.  She has also completed the requirements to present innovative strategies for Oklahoma literacy instruction as an Open Minds trainer, sponsored by the Literacy Resource Office of Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

About Creek County Literacy Program: Creek County Literacy Program’s primary emphasis is youth and adult literacy. 136 struggling first and second grade readers tutor one-on-one with 58 senior citizen volunteers weekly through the Caring Grands program. In 2014, CCLP educated more than 2,400 adults and distributed more than 3,000 free children’s books.

For more information, contact

Creek County Literacy Program

(918) 224-9647

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