New crop of middle school babysitters certified in Joseph

photo/Marla Dotson

Karianne Zollman practices her CPR technique during the American Red Cross Babysitters Training Class recently completed by Joseph seventh graders.

Joseph parents can celebrate - thirteen new potential babysitters have successfully completed the American Red Cross Babysitters Training Class in Joseph.

Red Cross instructor Dick Burch and home economics teacher Marla Dotson provided instruction for the seventh graders.

All 13 students received certification in first aid, CPR and babysitter basics.

"All of the students really enjoyed the class," Dotson said.

This is the third year the Joseph school district has provided the training to middle school students.

The district buys each student a training manual, interactive DVD and protective supplies (a breathing barrier and gloves), while Burch donates his time.

Besides first aid, students learn how to evaluate their strengths, build leadership skills and make a resume, as well as positive guidance techniques and stages of development that children go through.

The newly certified babysitters are Misty McQuown, Anna Rinehart, Jessie Stein, McKinzie Parker, Travis Weaver, Robbie DeVore, Kaden Lathrop, Daniel Kohlhepp, Brittany Gibson, Carsen Sajonia, Shayna Cooper, Karianne Zollman and Lindsay Kemp.

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