In mid-July, Sprague High School appears mostly deserted.
But one basement classroom teemed with excitement Monday as 20 students practiced chest compression, hooked up defibrillators and tried to listen to heart monitors over the din of people screaming, “I have an emergency!”
It was the first day of health services camp, a week-long program for Salem-Keizer middle school students taught by Sprague High School teachers.
At the start of camp, “most of them didn’t know each other. You could’ve heard a pin drop,” said health and sports medicine teacher Kimo Mahi.
Three hours later, the teens were working together to save the lives of their dummies while teasing each other.