Project representative(s)École de la Ribambelle Centre des services scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries
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.
Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec (RCJEQ)
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.
Among those involved in the project:
Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.