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2012-10-11 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Lexington Independent School District

On behalf of the Lexington ISD students, staff and Board of Trustees, I want to express my appreciation to the many individuals and organizations who have donated, either anonymously or through my office, to our students and our classrooms. This week I want to mention just one of the many areas where Lexington ISD has been the happy recipient of several wonderful donations.

Lexington ISD, through the Texas Engineering and Extension Service (TEEX) at the A&M Fire School, is offering Emergency Medical Training certification for Lexington High School Seniors interested in a medical science pathway. Recently these students were AHA Healthcare Provider CPR/AED certified.

This level of certification is required of individuals in health care professions, first responders, and EMTs of all levels. Students in this class are interested in pursuing careers as physicians, nurses, and firefighters. This class is, in part, a result of an article in the Lexington Leader where Linda Patschke pleaded with the community to help meet the urgent need for EMS volunteers in the Lexington Community.

Two of our EMT students hope to volunteer with our fire department after they turn eighteen this fall. Several other students have also expressed an interest in assisting our fire department and EMS in the spring and summer when they turn eighteen.

I was delighted when Linda Patschke asked if our new EMT class would benefit from Reuel Cooper’s extensive library of Emergency Medical Books. Jennifer Mohr and her students were thrilled to find many wonderful resources as they recently unpacked the boxes of medical training resources belonging to Reuel Cooper, one of the founding members of our Lexington EMS.

Last week Representative Tim Kleinschmidt sent fifteen brand new blood pressure cuffs and fifteen brand new stethoscopes for our EMT class. What a treat for our students!

I am very grateful to Lanelle Cooper and all of Reuel’s family, and to Representative Tim Kleinschmidt, and Seton Hospital, for their generous support of our schools. Our students and our entire community are truly blessed.

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