Pennsylvania school receives CPR training kit donation

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, recently donated a CPR in Schools training kit to Monroe Elementary School in Boiling Springs, Pa., part of the Cumberland Valley School District. The donation was made possible with support from Sun Motor Cars in Mechanicsburg, Pa., as part of their sponsorship of the Capital Region Heart Ball.

“I am happy to be a part of helping to train our future leaders and our current educators in CPR safety,” said Dan Sunderland, president and owner of Sun Motor Cars.

Developed by the American Heart Association, the portable training kits contain inflatable manikins, AED training simulators, kneel mats, instructional DVDs, facilitator guides and cleaning materials. They are designed to help educators facilitate CPR training in a single class period and to be reused to train an entire school.

Only about 45 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help they need before professional help arrives. CPR, especially if performed immediately, could double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. In 2019, the American Heart Association advocated for passage of legislation that ensures all Pennsylvania high school students are trained in Hands-Only CPR.

The American Heart Association trains more than 23 million people globally every year by educating healthcare providers, caregivers, and the general public on how to respond to cardiac arrest and first aid emergencies. To learn more about CPR training, visit

From left to right: Dr. Megan Ward, principal Monroe Elementary School; Tiffany Boyd, school nurse, Monroe Elementary School; Dan Sunderland, owner and president, Sun Motor Cars; Kristie Davis, development director, American Heart Association; and Theresa McBride, youth market director, American Heart Association.