Students, teachers, first responders, American Heart Association volunteers and elected officials gathered at Jerling Jr. High-School in Orland Park on Monday to celebrate two terrific accomplishments: the conclusion of a CPR/AED training course that taught roughly 200 7th graders how to save a life; and a terrific Hoops for Heart fundraising effort to raise money for the AHA. Guest speakers ranged from Orland Park Fire Dept. officers to Southpaw, the official mascot of the Chicago White Sox, and a good time was had by all. The central take-away, made clear by AHA Advocacy Committee Member Lynne Donegan, was this:" every life is worth saving, and every one of us should learn how to save a life." The CPR and AED training programs at Jerling JHS and elsewhere in Orland Park have the potential to save a lot of lives, and should be seen as a model for school systems across the state. Check out the Chicago Tribune's coerage of the event here.