• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS receives $1,000 grant from McDonald's

JOE GRAVISS presented a $1,000 Balanced, Active Lifestyles grant to Melody Hamilton, a physical education teacher at Woodford County High School. Hamilton applied for the grant to purchase mannequins for CPR training at WCHS. Also pictured are WCHS Principal Rob Akers, far right, and Bob Waitkus, of Graviss McDonald's Restaurants, far left. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Woodford County High School has received a $1,000 grant from McDonald's to purchase CPR mannequins for students and teachers to use when they learn the life-saving training. PE teacher Melody Hamilton said WCHS students receive CPR training in physical education and health classes during their freshman or sophomore years. So every student at the high school should get the training over the next four years. "I think everybody should have that training," said Hailton. "Just in case something happens - you have that ability to do something good." Hamilton, who applied for the grant through McDonald's Balanced, Active Lifestyles Grant Program, said the state legislature is currently considering a bill that would provide CPR training for all high school students. "So hopefully, we're ahead of the curve," she said. Woodford County High School was one of 10 schools in Central Kentucky that received a Balanced, Active Lifestyles grant award this year. The grant will also allow WCHS to purchase a practice device so students can learn how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which are located outside the library and between the gymnasium and cafeteria at WCHS. The owners/operators of Bluegrass area McDonald's awarded a total of $10,000 in grant awards to 10 schools in Central Kentucky. Joe Graviss, of Graviss McDonald's Restaurants, which owns McDonald's restaurants in Versailles and Midway, presented the grant award to Hamilton last Friday, Feb. 19. "I really appreciate the support from Mr. Graviss and McDonald's to help us with this (CPR training)," said WCHS Principal Rob Akers, "because it is important for our kids to be as knowledgeable - not only just scholastically and academically, but on how to take care of themselves and others..." Southside and St. Leo schools in Versailles each received a $1,000 Balanced, Active Lifestyles grant last year.

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