Milwaukee Public Schools
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MPS notes 10 years of defibrillators in schools

The MPS HeartSafe Schools program has saved seven lives

By - Feb 23rd, 2015 12:32 pm

In 2010, Maria Acevedo, then a 6th grader at Milwaukee Public Schools‘ U.S. Grant School, suffered cardiac arrest while in her classroom. The MPS HeartSafe Schools program saved Maria’s life.

The program, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Project ADAM, places automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in MPS schools, trains school staff and includes drills to keep schools prepared.

The Milwaukee Fire Department and its first responders are key partners and the effort has also been supported by Northwestern Mutual, the Masonic Medical Foundation, Voya Financial and the Wisconsin Coalition of Asian Indian Organizations.

Maria’s is one of seven lives saved through the program.
Now a student at MPS’ Milwaukee Community Cyber (MC2) High School, she will return to Grant School to mark 10 years of MPS HeartSafe Schools saving lives.

Maria will be joined by: MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver; Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Director of Electrophysiology and MPS HeartSafe Schools/Project ADAM Medical Director Dr. Anoop Singh; MPS HeartSafe Schools co-coordinator Rebecca Neumann-Schwabe; Project ADAM founder Joe Lemel; and City of Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Bevan Baker.

The event will end with the unfurling of a banner marking the anniversary and an AED demonstration.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
WHERE: MPS’ U.S. Grant School, 2920 W. Grant Street, Milwaukee 53215

About Milwaukee Public Schools: Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results: More MPS students are meeting reading standards; the MPS Class of 2014 earned $31 million in scholarships, up $7 million; and MPS is home to four of the state’s top 15 high schools, according to U.S. News and World Report

Learn more about MPS by visiting http://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/en/District/About-MPS.htm. More MPS news is available at http://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/news.

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