Students Showcase Safety Training at Achievement Fair

How do you put out a fire?  What are the signs of a stroke? What can you do for someone who is bleeding?


Cuyahoga Heights Middle School seventh graders (pictured left to right) Laurel Gosnell, Julia Havlin, Nathanael Melendez, Sophia Meklemburg, and Avi Friedt demonstrated how to react to these emergencies and more during the Student Activity Fair held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on November 14.  Their demonstration was among 82 student exhibits set up to share their knowledge and talents with board members, superintendents, and other school administrators from across the state at the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) annual conference held November 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio.  

“Our students shared  what they learned during last month’s Safety Week, which was taught by members of the Cuyahoga Heights Fire and Police Departments,” noted Principal Scott DeTray. “They stressed the importance and benefits to learning these life-saving strategies, as well as how they could be used as a model for implementation in schools.” 

Among the live-saving strategies the students shared were how to recognize and respond to signs of a stroke, how to apply first aid or respond to someone experiencing severe trauma, and how to use different kinds of fire extinguishers.  The students also shared how to use the “run-hide-fight” approach to respond to an intruder or active shooter.  In addition, they provided information about the school district’s partnership with the Allison Rose Foundation. Through this partnership students enrolled in ninth grade health classes will gain awareness about individuals with allergies and how to respond to someone who is having an allergic reaction.