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Aide saves 3rd-grader from choking

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After a brush with tragedy, Tricia Back believes first-aid training should be mandatory for recess and lunchroom aides in District 833.

On Thursday, May 27, Back was at her job as recess and lunchroom aide at Cottage Grove Elementary School. She was sweeping the floor in the cafeteria when a third-grade child yelled her name and said the girl sitting next to her was sick.

Back rushed over and saw Madison Maduna, a third-grader in Mary Virgin's class, bent over.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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