The 12-year-old Aberdonian tapped on a mannequin's rubber chest and asked, "Are you OK?"
She was learning to check if a person was conscious during CPR training as a part of a baby-sitting clinic held by Avera St. Luke's.
The annual clinic drew more than 120 children Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to learn CPR, first aid and baby-sitting tips. Running since 1985, the clinic at St. Luke's Education Center has evolved from an all-day session about the dos and don'ts of baby-sitting to a hands-on workshop where students learn mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
"The program's really based on safety," said Nancy Schuring, a registered nurse and education instructor at Avera St. Luke's. "After all, when you hire a baby sitter, that is the main thing you're concerned about: You want to keep your kids safe."
The program is open to children in the fifth grade and higher, said Schuring, who has been in charge of the program since 1989.
"It seems like they're so young, but at the same time they are starting to baby-sit, even if it's their own brothers and sisters," she said.
While a majority of the students were from elementary and middle school, at least three high school students were taking the program, Schuring said.
Bailey said she wanted to help her piano teacher, who usually has several younger kids around for lessons.
In a classroom, 21 children lined up to perform CPR on a plastic mannequins. While chest compressions and using a defibrillator were part of the lessons, the oddest part of the lesson for some students was mouth-to-mouth.
"It's almost like kissing someone," Bailey said, cringing.
As the kids lined up to give mouth to mouth, some wrinkled their noses at the idea of kissing a mannequin. Still, they all plunged their heads down and breathed into the plastic mouths until they saw the plastic chest rise.
After the CPR class, the kids moved on to a clinic on first aid, which taught them to handle basic injuries, and a baby-sitting basics lesson, which dealt with diaper changing, burping, feeding and offered other tips.
Each student received spiral-bound books that detailed the information and training received during the lessons.
Cassi Bell, a registered nurse and the instructor, said the CPR and first aid training goes beyond baby-sitting.
"If somebody falls down with cardiac arrest in a restaurant, (they're) going to know what to do," said Bell, who's in her seventh year of teaching the basics.
Bell's 10-year-old son, Logan, will take the class this year.
"I think during summer vacation and getting out of bed at 8 in the morning isn't at the top of his list," Bell said.
Though a majority of the students are female, Bell said she thinks the boys are also excited by the end of the lesson.
"I think they come here because their parents make them, but when they leave, they're excited," she said.