A local school will be just a little bit safer in the coming year, thanks to a local civic club.
Each year, the Meridian Kiwanis Club donates an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, to a school.
The device will be there in case any student, staff member, or visitor ever suffers from cardiac arrest.
Club officials say it's a way for them to give back to the community.
"The Meridian Kiwanis Club every year takes part of the money we raise to support the children's organizations. The motto is serving the children of the world," said Brandon Pratt. "One of the things we started four years ago is giving a AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, to a local area school."
"This is one of those things you hope you never have to use," said Carver principal Tiffany Plott. "If a situation arises and it is needed, I mean, it's a great way to keep make sure that everybody who uses our facilities are safe."
The American Heart Association says one in seven people fall to sudden cardiac arrest every year, and having an AED greatly increases the survival rate.