From left holding the AEP banner are, Scott Wolfe, Grants Administrator and Fundraising Organizer; Tricia McNickle, Elementary Principal; Tony Deem, Superintendent;and Daniel Otto, High School Principal. Submitted photo.

AEP makes donation to Southern Local

RACINE, Ohio – AEP recently made a $5,000 donation to the Southern Local School District’s Athletic Department as part of a program to purchase AED’s for the school’s gyms. This is part of larger plan to improve and maintain the athletic program which is somewhat crippled financially due to the pandemic. 

AED’s can save lives. According to the American Heart Association, “An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death.
Most SCAs result from ventricular fibrillation (VF). VF is a rapid and unsynchronized heart rhythm that originates in the heart’s lower chambers (the ventricles). The heart must be ‘defibrillated’ quickly, because a victim’s chance of surviving drops by seven to 10 percent for every minute a normal heartbeat isn’t restored.”

“As one of the largest electric energy companies in the U.S., AEP powers millions of homes and businesses, as well as  to Racine and Southern Local. Together, with its customers, AEP is redefining the future of energy and developing innovative solutions that power communities and improve lives. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, crowds at sporting events have been limited to parents, thus gate receipts have been practically non-existent and over time will put the athletic program in a financial bind,” according to a statement from AEP.

Southern wishes to thank the folks at AEP for their generous donation. Part of the fundraising plan includes getting AED defibrillators for all of the athletic facilities at Southern. Donations are still being sought as part of the athletic department campaign at Southern Local Athletics Donations, Attn: Scott Wolfe; 920 Elm Street, Racine, Ohio 45771. No donation is too small.