The new statewide requirement to train students in basic First Aid and CPR certification is being taken to an entirely new level in the Berkshire Local Schools thanks to the initiative of Health and Physical Education teacher Heather Giel. Her intent is to add a new layer of training and formally certify all students in grades 7th through 12th, a classification which lasts for two years. This week in the District, students in the specified grades will begin the certification process with the help of our partners at University Hospitals who will be onsite three days this week to provide their training and assistance. Specifically, students were instructed on how to perform basic first aid and CPR on adults and infants, in addition to how to aid when someone is choking or experiencing other life-threatening conditions. From here, students will be re-certified every two years to maintain their status of being fully equipped and prepared with this most important set of future-ready skills.