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Grays Harbor EMS prepping local high schools for new graduation requirement: CPR training

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New Graduation requirements in Washington will save lives on and off the High School campus, and if they don’t know already, your students will learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation. “They figure the more training they can get, the better for everybody in the public and in school.”
Sharryl Bell with Grays Harbor EMS said last week that they are working with local schools to make sure that the Class of 2014 knows what to do in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. “A lot of school like Hoquiam High School has a program set up, Aberdeen [trains] their staff and they are working toward their students. For those that are already doing it in school it’s not a big deal.” Bell said students will also be trained to use Automated External Defibrillators that restart a heart with an electric shock.
According to the American Heart Association, of the nearly 360-thousand people in the US that suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, only 9.5% survive, often because they don’t receive timely CPR.  Bystander CPR, when given right away, can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival.
Substitute house bill 1556 was signed into law earlier this year. Beginning this school year, instruction in CPR must be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation.

Miller Junior High School Principal Mark Decker resigns

ABERDEEN, Wash. – In a letter to parents today, Miller Junior High School Principal Mark Decker explained that effective at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year he will be leaving for a middle school/high school principal position at the American Cooperative School of Tunis in Tunisia. .

Decker told parents “I have enjoyed my time at Miller and working with your children.  Soon, Dr. Opstad will be sharing with the community how the new selection of a Principal will take place for the 2014-15 school year.  Thank-you for your support and continued support of Miller Junior HIgh School.”

Honoree’s announced for 4th Annual Aberdeen Community Leadership Dinner

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Make your reservations as soon as possible for the Aberdeen Revitalization Movement’s (ARM) and the City of Aberdeen’s 4th Annual Aberdeen Community Leadership Dinner on Thursday, October 3rd at the Aberdeen Museum of History. Doors open at 5:30 PM and O’Brien’s Catering begins serving a roast beef dinner at 6 PM. (A vegetarian entree is available for those who request it.) Those being honored are listed below.

  • Lifetime – Bonnie Giron, Wiitamaki Jewelers
  • Non-Profit – Jim Daly, Executive Director of Grays Harbor Community Foundation
  • Business – Jeff Farmer, Owner of Domino’s Pizza
  • Government – Brian Little, Chair of the Aberdeen Planning Commission
  • Volunteer – Gregory Johnson, Gregorian Group
  • Education – Chuck Veloni, Aberdeen High School Teacher
  • Youth – Erika Nelson, Aberdeen High School Student
  • Youth – Griffin Hood, Aberdeen High School Student
  • ARM President’s Award – Mery Swanson

National Teacher of The Year to speak to Aberdeen teachers

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeffrey Charbonneau, will help kick off the new school year with an address to teachers in the Aberdeen School District on Thursday, August 29.
“We are extremely grateful that Mr. Charbonneau accepted our invitation to come to Aberdeen,” Superintendent Thomas Opstad said. He added that several teachers and principals from Aberdeen have heard Mr. Charbonneau speak and are pleased their fellow educators will also get to experience the same motivation they felt when hearing him talk about working with students of all abilities.
Mr. Charbonneau is a high school chemistry, physics and engineering teacher in Zillah, Washington. He’s been working in this position for his entire 12-year teaching career. He recognizes that many students see his course subjects as the “hard” science classes and he welcomes the challenge to overturn the stigma. His classes feature a unique robotics challenge and other interactive learning experiences that see high percentages of students succeed in college-level coursework in a high school setting.

Aberdeen Revitalization Movement seeks nominations for 2013 awards

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen Revitalization Movement (ARM) is asking for nominations for the 4th Annual Aberdeen Community Leadership Dinner

Jeff Cook with ARM tells us they are seeking nominations of individuals, businesses, and organizations to consider for special recognition at the 4th Annual Aberdeen Community Leadership Dinner on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 PM at the Aberdeen Museum of History.

The categories are LIfetime, Education, Youth, Government, Volunteer, Business, and Non-Profit. The Youth nominee has to be high school age or younger.
This is a great opportunity to say thank you to those who have had an impact on Aberdeen!

Please submit your nominations to Jeff Cook at by Monday, September 9th. Nominations by email is preferred but you can also mail them to ARM, PO Box 1593, Aberdeen, WA 98520. Please include why you feel your nominee or nominees should be honored.