Burleson ISD is recognized as a Project ADAM Texas Heart Safe School District—1 of only 22 school districts in the state to achieve this designation through the Project ADAM program at Cook Children’s.
As a Heart Safe School District, BISD schools completed training for all staff on sudden cardiac death, including warning signs, recognition, communication procedures, and other staff roles. Campuses also participated in annual cardiac emergency response or AED drills, an important exercise that helps measure preparedness and strengthens a school’s planned and practiced response. BISD will also conduct annual education training.
Each school in BISD has an Emergency Response team and a plan in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
The Heart Safe School designation recognizes the great work spearheaded by BISD’s Executive Director of Health Services Courtney Peets and every nurse in BISD. Cook Children’s recognized each school in the BISD for achieving Heart Safe School designation in the Project ADAM program at Cook Children’s.
About Project ADAM
Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) is a national non-profit program intended to help schools in all communities build CPR-AED or Public Access Defibrillator programs. It began in 1999 after Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, high school student, collapsed and died while playing basketball. Adam's parents, Patty Lemel-Clanton and Joe Lemel, collaborated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to create the program in Adam's memory. Cook Children’s became an affiliate in 2011 and today, Project ADAM has grown to 38 national hospital affiliates in 29 states. Schools nationwide need support to implement CPR-AED programs that save lives, and Project ADAM provides the resources to do so. Project ADAM’s mission is to prevent sudden cardiac death in schools through awareness, education, and training on Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the critical need for a timely response.