A recent donation from the Arthaud Family Foundation will be used by the Hannibal public school district to purchase five automated external defibrillator (AED) devices.

A recent donation from the Arthaud Family Foundation will be used by the Hannibal public school district to purchase five automated external defibrillator (AED) devices. The announcement was made by Rich Stilley, the school district’s business manager, during Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

“We are thrilled and appreciative,” said Stilley, regarding the donation on Thursday morning.

“It’s a wonderful gesture,” said Superintendent Susan Johnson on Wednesday night.

The donation of around $8,800 stipulated that the money be used to buy AEDs. According to Stilley, acquiring additional AEDs was already in the school district’s “long-term plans.” The new devices should be in place within the next month.

“We ordered them last week. I’m hoping that in early October they’re all in,” said Stilley.

According to Stilley, the new AEDs will be placed at Stowell Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School, the Early Childhood Center and at Norwoods Golf Course, which is the home course of the HHS golf team. AEDs are currently located at Porter Stadium, the Hannibal Career & Technical Center, the high school, middle school, Veterans Elementary School and Oakwood Elementary School.

According to Stilley, among those who will be taught how to use the new devices will be “administrators, the nursing staff and coaches.”

Stilley noted that the Arthaud Family Foundation will host a golfing fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Norwoods Golf Course.