2/26/2014 7:13:00 AM Valley Catholic partners up with police
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Valley Catholic’s Blue Mass honored local first responders: Division Chief Deric Weiss, Lt. Ryan Robinson, Firefighter Dan Starr, Firefighter Jeff Campbell, Driver/Engineer Ben Otto, Fire Chief Mike Duyck, Campus Life Director Mary Donovan, Beaverton Police Captain Jeff Williams, Fr. Sean Weeks, Beaverton Police Lieutenant Kerry Aleshire and Valley Catholic School President Bob Weber.
BEAVERTON — It’s not uncommon to see a fire truck quietly rolling over the speed bumps on the campus of Valley Catholic School. Students know it’s another friendly visit from their friends at Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.
Over the past few years, Valley Catholic Middle School has formed a partnership with the fire department and the American Heart Association to teach a new CPR technique called “Hands-only.” The first such partnership in Oregon, the program involves middle school students learning the technique and going out into the community and training others. To date, Valley Catholic Middle School students have taught the technique to 3,226 people, with a goal of 4,000 this year.
The youngest Valiants at Valley Catholic Early Learning School enjoy annual visits from firefighters, exploring the trucks and getting special sticker badges from the officers.
Students in after-school care also visit a fire or police station annually. These visits help the children become familiar with officers in case of an actual emergency.
Valley Catholic High School students receive a different kind of message from our public servants. Once every four years, the students witness a SKID (Stop Kids Impaired Driving) presentation — a graphic, realistic reenactment of a scene just after a fatal accident involving an impaired teen driver. The program will be held at Valley Catholic April 30, courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Office.
Valley Catholic School students recently gathered to celebrate a Blue Mass to honor and thank first responders — firefighters, police officers, and medical technicians —who risk their lives each day to help others. Father Sean Weeks, pastor of St. Pius X Parish, presided. At the end of Mass, Valley Catholic School President Bob Weber presented the public servants with bags filled with letters of appreciation written by Valley Catholic students from across campus.
“These everyday heroes are models of how selfless actions can improve our world,” says Mary Donovan, campus life director.