ArtsView Children’s Theater has taken active steps to ensure the health and safety of the hundreds of children who will attend camps, classes or rehearsals and the thousands of community members who will visit the theatre this year.
Through a grant with Hopey’s Heart Foundation, ArtsView has installed a Heartsine Samaritan Automated External Defibrillator. The AED is located in a wall cabinet between the theatre and the restrooms, and staff members were trained in the use of the device for children and adults by Longview Fire Department EMS Section Chief Amy Dodgen.
Hopey’s Heart Foundation was founded by WNBA star Tina Charles in memory of her late aunt Maureen “Hopey” Vaz. The foundation hosts an AED Grant Program which supplies eligible schools or recreational centers with life-saving AED equipment.
“ArtsView is so grateful to the Hopey’s Heart Foundation for supporting the purchase of this life-saving device,” said General Manager Richard Yeakley. “Having this AED on site and having staffed trained in CPR will help ensure all those who come to ArtsView are safe and protected.”
On Friday, Feb. 9, staff and several regular ArtsView teachers and volunteers also completed training and certification for adult, child, and infant CPR with Longview Fire Department EMS Captain Shane Rust, who operates M&K CPR. Seven members of ArtsView’s team are now CPR certified with others actively working towards certification.