Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s Board of Directors recently awarded more than $7,200 for the purchase of five automated external defibrillators and accessories to the Jackson County School System.
Cheryl Hall, clinic aide at North Jackson Elementary School, and Ronda Brewer, lead regional nurse for the school system, accepted delivery of the AEDs and readied them for distribution to five schools just before Fall Break, ensuring each of the 10 schools in the district now has more than one device on hand.
“All our schools have big footprints,” Brewer said. “This donation allows us to be sure critical support is readily available at each facility.”
Hall coordinated the grant request, and devices all display the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation logo.
“We are grateful for this support of safety in our schools, where students, families, and members of the public gather,” Brewer said.
Dr. Selena Blankenship, director of human resources for JCSS, praised the effort and pointed out the donation “also benefits our more than 1,200 staff members, whether they need assistance themselves or whether they need the AED to assist others in an emergency.”
Hall said students at North Jackson Elementary created a poster that they shared, “understanding what a difference the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donation made.”
With the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations, the non-profit 501(c)(3) has granted more than $37.7 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $2.4 million in Georgia.
The Jackson County School system serves approximately 8,000 students in 10 elementary, middle and high school facilities across the county. For more information, visit jacksonschoolsga.org.
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