Preparing for the worst: Student raises $3,000 to get Stop The Bleed kits at John F. Kennedy High School
One student pushed her high school to have first-aid kits in each classroom in the event of a worst-case scenario situation.
Sydney Brewer, of Merrick, is raising money to make sure each classroom at John F. Kennedy High School has the kits. This has been a goal that she was been working toward since she was a little girl.
"From that point forward, I knew that something had to be done," Brewer says as she remembers watching the Sandy Hook school shooting on the news.
She did her research and looked into a Stop The Bleed program. She wanted to spread awareness, teach her peers to become trained and equipped to help someone before first responders come.
"Each kit carries essential products that can help save a life. Hopefully we never have to use them, but we better be prepared," Brewer says.
The 17-year-old junior raised $3,000 so that John F. Kennedy High School can have Stop the Bleed kits in every classroom - with help from a fundraising event Thursday evening at the Brokerage in Bellmore.
"We have kits in our building but in the event of a real emergency, having those kits in every room would really be a priority, so she took this on," says Principal Gerard Owenburg.
She is working with doctors from Northwell Health to have them come to school and teach the students how to use the kits.
"She had a goal, she had a dream, she had a passion, and she did it," said Sydney's mother, Jessica Brewer. "It was a priority and as a mom, I couldn't be prouder."
Sydner is still accepting donations to expand further and to get kits in each school in her district. To help the cause, anyone interested can use Venmo and donate to @sydhbrewer.