HOSA Members Volunteer at YMCA Spooktacular

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   Westwood students attended the YMCA annual Spooktacular event on October 25 as part of a HOSA club awareness event. This event is held yearly and is a carnival where there are games,contests, and candy.  Members of the club HOSA( Health Occupational Students of America) volunteered to teach the Take10 program to young children at the Spooktacular event.

   Take 10 is a procedure for CPR( Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) in which in an individual is able to save someone else’s life. The method is easy to learn for beginners who have no medical experience. The individual practices on inflatable dummies with their hands. Also it is easy to teach to other people who have no experience either.

  “Take10 was relatively easy to learn because it is very simple. I also like the fact that it takes very little time. When I do it take only one or two minutes,” said sophomore Pooja Krishnaswamy.

   HOSA members learned the Take10 method when they had their icebreaker night on October 14th. The students learned that Take10 can be easily understood by any individual and that anyone can help a person until an ambulance arrives.

  “Almost all of our HOSA members know how to do Take10.  We had about thirty-five students attend the icebreaker meeting out of a total fifty-four members. It was a huge success,” said sophomore Jay Cho.

At the Spooktacular event, a booth was set up for the Westwood students to inform about Take10.

  “We had about twenty kids show up to our booth which I thought was a successful amount of people.  And we only had fifteen volunteers from all the shifts at the event,” said Cho.  The Spooktacular event  held at the YMCA was a success for HOSA and for the children who were at the YMCA. In the future, HOSA members plan to volunteer at hospitals and have more fundraiser to able to compete in competitions next semester.