Two donations fund AEDs for elementary schools


The Iowa Heart Center Foundation presented a $3,000 check recently to Marshalltown Schools to pay for automatic external defibrillators in schools which don’t have one. Pictured, from left, Dr. Grace Ayafor of the Iowa Heart Center, Franklin Elementary School nurse Carol Barlow, Hoglan Elementary School nurse Megan Bell, Hoglan Elementary School Principal Amy Williams, District Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger, Iowa Heart Center Foundation member Cindy Conroy and Marshalltown High School and district lead nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford.

Two separate donations will lead to automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in all schools in the Marshalltown Community School District.

The Iowa Heart Center Foundation provided a donation of $3,000 recently which was followed up by a donation of $2,780 from the Community Foundation of Marshall County. These donations have provided AEDs for those elementary schools which previously didn’t have one.

Since cardiac arrest can strike anywhere, anytime, one of the best defenses is to make sure the community is supplied with life-saving technology and is trained in its use.  AEDs are state of the art devices that when used in conjunction with effective CPR, assist in the resuscitation of a sudden cardiac arrest victim. AEDs do not require extensive medical knowledge to understand or operate.

“We are pleased to be able to have AEDs placed in each of our schools for the safety of all,”  said Stacey Tool-Crawford, district nurse and Marshalltown High School nurse. “We are grateful for the generous donations which made this possible.”