Naples, FL - June 24, 2013 – In an ongoing effort to support the efforts of the "Green Team" at Naples Christian Academy, Waste Management has donated two automated external defibrillator (AED) units to the school.
During the 2011 / 2012 school year, Naples Christian Academy competed with more than 500 schools in the nationwide Dream Machine Recycle Rally contest - a partnership with PepsiCo and Waste Management. Students, parents and faculty members volunteered their time on the school's "Green Team" and collected 662,759 recyclable beverage containers placing them second in the contest.
Though the contest ended, the school still has a robust recycling program and remains dedicated to being good stewards of the environment. Waste Management wanted to give Naples Christian Academy another special gift for their recycling efforts and school administrators requested the two AED units.
"In an emergency situation, the first few minutes can make all of the difference. Having these defibrillators on our campus adds another level of protection for our students and guests. We are so grateful for the ongoing support from Waste Management," said Dr. Phillip Tingle, Interim Headmaster of Naples Christian Academy.
The two AED units are located on the school's campus - one in the main building and one will be installed in a protective case in the gymnasium. Both AED units are registered with Collier County Emergency Medical Service's AED Link program. Should an emergency occur near the school, first responders will be alerted to the precise locations of the AED units on campus. All Naples Christian Academy staff members have also received additional first aid training in the proper use of the AED units to be able to respond to medical emergencies.
"We are just so proud of the efforts of all the students at Naples Christian Academy. We hope that having these AED units on campus will help parents feel safer as the students run, play and enjoy the outdoors throughout the year," said Larry Berg, Sr. District Manager of Waste Management.
(back row) Larry Berg, Sr. District Manager of Waste Management, Dr. Phillip Tingle, Interim Headmaster and Barbara McWilliams of Naples Christian Academy.
(front row) Eric Deiros, 8th Grade and Elizabeth Davison, 7th Grade, members of the Naples Christian Academy Green Team.