Michigan HEARTSafe Schools Program

Michigan HEARTSafe Schools Program
Dove Academy of Detroit (DAC) students show their MI HEARTSafe pride.

Dove Academy of Detroit and Four Corners Montessori Academy have recently been designated as MI HEARTSafe Schools by the Michigan HEARTSafe Schools program. This program recognizes schools prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies and is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Education (MDE), American Heart Association (AHA), Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAAA), and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY). The Academies are two of only 105 schools in the state of Michigan to receive this recognition.

In a recent press releaseDr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of MDHSS, said, “Many sudden cardiac deaths that claim the lives of children and young adults could be prevented through screening, detection, and treatment.” Wells adds, “Appropriate medical response within three to five minutes is crucial for increasing the chance of survival, which is why I’m so pleased to see so many of our schools taking vital measures to prepare and address this health issue.”

Brandon Slone, principal of Dove Academy said, “We are very happy with our designation as a HEARTSafe School; beyond academics, we believe that we owe it to all of our families to provide a safe environment. Being committed to a healthy lifestyle puts all of us in a position to be successful in life!”

Christine Schoenherr, headmaster of Four Corners Montessori Academy, said of her school’s designation, "We take great pride in knowing our students and staff are a HEARTSafe school. We work to provide the safest environment for our students and being HEARTSafe is one more way to do that."

For additional information, visit the Michigan HEARTSafe Program.

Ronald Wiens, Choice Schools chief strategic operations officer accepts Michigan HEARTSafe Schools award on
behalf of Dove Academy of Detroit.
Christine Schoenherr, headmaster of Four Corners Montessori Academy accepts the Michigan HEARTSafe Schools award.