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NLS OKs grant application to help students pay fees, buy more AEDs

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday supporting a grant application to the Minnesota State High School League for funding to help low-income students pay participation fees and for automated external deliberators and training.

The action was taken at the board's regular meeting. The grant application seeks funds to help students, who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch programs, pay their school activity participation fees.

The grant also seeks training for district personnel and funding for three more AEDs, including a portable model for the locations of the district's football, baseball or tennis events.

The district currently has three AEDs, located in the gymnasiums of three main school building, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson.

The high school league has championed its "Anyone Can Save a Life" campaign, according to Community Education Director John Vraa, who wrote the grant application.

That campaign seeks to fund AEDs and the training on how to respond to a person in cardiac arrest. The campaign also sets a three-minute guideline for use of an AED on someone in arrest.

"This would allow us to have an AED there within three minutes," Vraa told the board.

The board also heard a report from Carlson that the number of students qualifying for free and reduced price lunches is increasing with the current economic conditions.

District-wide, 28 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches this year. Last year, 22 percent qualified.

This year, 33.9 percent of students at Prairie Woods Elementary qualify, compared to 25.5 percent last year. A total of 28.3 percent of middle school students and 23.7 percent of high school students qualify this year, compared to 20.4 percent and 16.2 percent last year.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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