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    Atouts cœur

    Provincial prizewinner

    OSEntreprendre Challenge

    After taking a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) class, twenty-two students made videos to share what they had learnt, and then posted them on the course website.

    In the beginning of the year, a class discussion on how people feel helpless when faced with a cardiac incident got the students thinking. A youth entrepreneurship awareness officer (YEAO) led an informative and stimulating activity on entrepreneurial values. The students then took Red Cross CPR training and offered to make videos to post on the website.

    The target market gradually expanded over time. In addition to preventing injuries during recess and supporting playground monitors, the videos provided useful—and potentially life-saving—information to parents, the public, and the students and staff at other schools. The participating students struck several committees to disseminate knowledge and promote their project.

    Level of education

    Primaire 2e cycle (3e et 4e année)

    Students involved

    22 Students

    Nature of the project

    Produit

    Results observed

    Awareness was raised among other students at the school, as well as in the community at large, about what to do in an emergency. Local leaders were asked to have CPR training made mandatory for teachers (an MNA visited the class and gave a speech on the topic at the National Assembly). Thanks to the Atouts cœur brigade in their brightly coloured vests, there was less unsafe behaviour in the schoolyard, and the number of injuries associated with such behaviour dropped.

    The students developed entrepreneurial values, including a sense of responsibility. They sat on committees, expressed their point of view and saw tasks through to completion. The project made it possible to purchase a defibrillator for the school through the sale of more than 1300 chocolate lollipops the students made.

    Involvement and support

    Among those involved in the project:

    • Ms. Martine Duchaine: youth entrepreneurial awareness officer (YEAO)
    • Mr. Jocelyn Bergeron: CPR trainer
    • Mr. Raymond Bernier: MNA for Montmorency, who provided funding to purchase the defibrillator
    • Ms. Liliane Gagnon and Ms. Julie Huard: volunteers responsible for the defibrillator fundraising campaign (by selling chocolate lollipops)

    Major steps

    • Triggering event and brainstorming
    • Committees struck to steer the project
    • Fundraising campaign (to buy a defibrillator)
    • Regular committee meetings 
    • Goals attained

    Project materials needed

    • Computers (Movie Maker software)
    • Vests
    • Walkie talkies (4 if possible)
    • Posters
    • CPR training
    • Class website

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad areas of learning

    Subject areas

    Intellectual competencies

    Methodological competencies

    Communication-related competency

    Personal and social competencies

    Positive influences on student retention

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