The Lake Mills Area School is a Heart Safe School through Project Adam.

Project Adam began in 1999 after the death of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball. Adam suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, in which ventricular fibrillation occurred, a condition in which the ventricles cannot pump blood into the body. Defibrillation, or an AED, could have saved his life but AED’s were not available in public places at that time.

Adam’s parents, Patty Lemel-Clanton and Joe Lemel, collaborated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Herma Heart Institute to create this program in Adam’s memory.

Project Adam affiliates strive to assist schools and communities in establishing an emergency plan to place into action in the incidence of a sudden cardiac arrest. It’s not enough simply to have AEDs in the building. Lives are saved when schools are prepared not only with a documented plan, but also with a cardiac response team, in addition to being well trained and practiced on how to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.

Project Adam affiliates provide the foundation for schools to plan and develop their program, including planning templates, a reference manual and one-on-one consultation on how to help prevent sudden cardiac death in the school setting.

Project Adam Heart Safe School designation has attained by schools upon successful implementation of a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a Heart Safe environment for students, visitors and staff as outlined within the Heart Safe School Checklist.

Lake Mills Area School District is happy to have achieved this honor. On May 24, the district was presented with banners to hang in the schools and a monetary grant was given to help fund the AED program.

Teachers and staff i the district were trained to be a part of the medical hold teams at each school.

“These team members not only provide an excellent education to our students but take time to be emergency responders in our schools,” said Toni Zastrow, school nurse. “I am so thankful for the staff and their willingness to be a part of the team at each school and all they give to provide a safe school community.”

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