Serving with Heart: Partners in Education grant supplies Crosby ISD with AEDs

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April 7, 2022 by HCDE-Texas

When Crosby High School senior Cody Stephens died suddenly in his sleep of a heart condition in May 2012, Crosby Independent School District leaders took measures to help protect students’ cardiovascular health.

Thanks to funds awarded in the second-round Education Foundation of Harris County (EFHC) Partners in Education grants, the Crosby Education Foundation was able to equip the district’s athletic facilities with two SaveStation automated external defibrillator (AED) towers.

Harris County Department of Education Superintendent James Colbert visits Crosby ISD’s district stadium with trustees Richard Cantu and Andrea Duhon to see a SaveStation automated external defibrillator purchased through a grant from the Education Foundation of Harris County, April 6, 2022.

“Having something like this on hand is a big deal,” said HCDE Trustee Richard Cantu. “It’s great that our foundations were able to partner and do something so impactful to this community.”

Located at the base of the stands in Crosby ISD’s football and baseball stadiums, the stations make the life-saving AEDs more accessible to community members at district events. They have been used twice in the 2021-2022 football season.

Harris County Department of Education Superintendent James Colbert and Trustee Richard Cantu visit Crosby ISD’s Drew Elementary School to see students with iPads purchased through a grant from the Education Foundation of Harris County, April 6, 2022.

The Crosby Education Foundation also purchased art supplies for Crosby High School and iPads for Charles Drew Elementary School with awarded funds from the second-round EFHC Partner in Education grants, which supplied $234,951 to various programs in 16 Harris County districts in spring 2021.

To learn more about the Education Foundation of Harris County, click here.

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