SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - An anonymous six-figure gift to the CPR In Schools program will provide every public high school in Mississippi with a CPR training kit to teach students the life-saving technique.
D'Iberville high school students are learning how to help resuscitate someone having a heart attack; a skill most of the teens don't have.
"There's a lot of people that don't know how to do it. Like, the whole class. No one knew how to do it at first," said 10th grader, Christopher Lankford. "I think it's going to be a good experience because the more people who know how to do it, the more lives we could save."
CPR is new for Josh Simpkins. He says it's a skill worth learning; knowledge that could possibly save someone's life.
"I've never really experienced anything like that, and it's actually good experience for me to know how to do it in case it ever happens in a live situation like that," said Simpkins.
Health educators say students will be encouraged to go home and share what they learn.
"If you have more people in the household that know CPR, or that are trained in CPR, then you have a better chance for survival," said Cherelle Rozie, who manages the CPR In Schools program. "We've got to increase this number because only 10 percent of people survive."
An anonymous six figure donation - the largest ever for the program - will allow CPR In Schools to distribute 10 training kits to every public high school in Mississippi.
"It was the single largest gift to fund the CPR In Schools program across the country, and we're so thankful that it's here in Mississippi," said Christin LeBoeuf of the American Heart Association.
The state legislature passed a law which requires all students in Mississippi to learn "hands on" CPR training before graduation.