Clearwater Academy International Relief Team Prepares for 2013 World Rescue Event

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Clearwater Academy International prepares a team of CERT-trained students for the annual World Rescue Event.

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At CAI, we require our students to participate in community service projects, and we encourage them to always take an active stance in helping others.

Clearwater Academy International (CAI), a goal-oriented education private school located in downtown Clearwater, is busy preparing a team of select current and former students who are Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)-trained, to participate in the upcoming World Rescue Challenge. The event, which focuses on preparing today’s emergency response rescuers for tomorrow’s challenges, is being held for the first time in the United States from October 27–November 2 in Clearwater, Florida.

The World Rescue Challenge sees up to 30 international teams each year, and the goal is to raise awareness of the global epidemic of vehicular death and injury. All participants in the event are required to be Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)-trained. CERT is a program which trains citizens in preparation for and responding to emergencies that may arise in their community, and includes instruction on topics such as fire suppression, first aid, search and rescue, and team organization. CAI’s CERT-trained teenagers will play an active role in the World Rescue Event’s “Trauma Challenge,” which consists of the following:

● Two-person teams will respond to staged accidents.
● Each team will direct “innocent bystanders” as witnesses to help.
● There are 20 different scenarios each day for three days; each scenario lasts for 10 minutes.

CAI’s CERT team members range in age from 16-19, and come with a variety of talents and qualifications:

● Sally Gatza, 16 (trained in First Aid and CPR): A successful performing vocal artist, she has recorded songs and also performs regularly at local venues.
● Ben Gilbert, 17 (trained in First Aid and CPR).
● Rain Ren, 18 (trained in First Aid and CPR): Speaks fluent Chinese, and is currently enrolled at SPC.
● Steven Kirk, 18 (trained in First Aid and CPR): An Eagle Scout, Steven played varsity football at CAI.
● Tiger Lin, 19 (trained in First Aid and CPR): Speaks fluent Taiwanese, and is currently enrolled at SPC.
● Arseniy Ermolenko, 17 (trained in First Aid and CPR): Speaks fluent Russian.
● Trisha Hawley, 17 (trained in First Aid and CPR): Speaks fluent Spanish.
● Brandon Schumacher (trained in First Aid and CPR).
● Sabrina Zwers, 19 (trained in First Aid and CPR).
● Julie Malizola, 18 (will do First Aid training first week in Oct): Julie is the cheerleading instructor at CAI.
● Miles Putney, 19 (trained in First Aid and CPR): Speaks fluent Italian.

“CERT training helps our students become better citizens, and prepares them to be better leaders as adults, by teaching them to serve,” said Jim Zwers, CAI Executive Director. “At CAI, we require our students to participate in community service projects, and we encourage them to always take an active stance in helping others.”

CAI’s curriculum involves college prep and utilizes the educational methodology of Applied Scholastics, a non-profit public benefit corporation that addresses head-on the problem of illiteracy by making broadly available notable discoveries in the field of education and literacy.

For more information about Clearwater Academy International, please visit http://www.clearwateracademy.org.

About Clearwater Academy International:

Founded in 1984, Clearwater Academy International (CAI), an Applied Scholastics™ school, offers a fresh perspective on education by harnessing the power of the students’ goals and directing their education to align with their interests. Its mission is to educate each child to their fullest potential and beyond, culminating in the eagerness to take their place in the world and contribute to society in their field(s) of endeavor. With tailor-made programs, each student becomes a priority. Students are designed individual courses that best match their own interests and skills, while also addressing any areas that need improvement. For more information, please visit http://www.clearwateracademy.org.

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