WHITE SPRINGS — As part of the STEM in the Park Summer Camp, Tom Moore turned to music for help in teaching the youth campers a life-saving skill.
With some of the approximately 30 campers in attendance July 11 at the camp, which is held at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, struggling to understand the rate at which compressions should be given during a CPR class, Moore used a song to keep the beat and to keep the campers in tune with their mission.
With “Stayin' Alive” by the Bee Gees cued up, it helped the students keep the correct pace on their compressions and it also helped surprise Moore, as some of the campers knew the song by heart.
The campers also were able to handle stethoscopes, and practice finding each of their friends’ heartbeats. Some of the children displayed looks of excitement while others had looks of shock and confusion, which turned to laughter at their amazement.
It was all part of the summer learning at the STEM in Park camp, which is organized by Project HOPE, Inc.
Moore, a registered nurse for 45 years including 36 years spent in the Baptist Health System in Miami. After beginning as an orthopedic technician, he studied in nursing school and spent 15 years in the ER before transition to employee health and fitness.
The past 11 years, Moore has served as a part-time nurse with the Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch after relocating to White Springs. His wife, Maddie, will be teaching the campers all about the skeletal system next week at STEM Summer Camp. The children will be educated not just for themselves, but for their family as well.
During his session, Moore encouraged the campers to share the knowledge that they’ve learned at camp with their parents and friends because it could save a life.
“If you wanna be a nurse, then go be a nurse, if you wanna be a doctor, then do it,” Moore said, encouraging the campers. “You can do it!”
Moore taught the campers the steps to performing CPR, from recognizing there is a problem, checking for responsiveness, and the steps and precautions to take in between that and calling 9-1-1. Moore explained that for adults and children of 9 years and older, one should position their hands on the victim’s chest, give 30 rapid chest compressions, tilt the head and lift e chin, give two rescue breaths, and repeating that cycle until 1) the victim wakes up, 2) an AED (automated external defibrillator) is brought to the scene to use, or 3) Professional help arrives and takes over.