NORTH CREEK Not just any babysitters, but American Red Cross certified babysitters. Thanks to the Johnsburg PTSA and the Adirondack Saratoga chapter of the American Red Cross, the town of Johnsburg now boasts 17 newly certified babysitters. In a two-day after school training course led by Red Cross health and safety instructor Laurie Burns, Johnsburg students from 11-15 years old learned everything there is to know about the business of babysitting. I thought the Red Cross babysitting class was extremely informative and covered a great deal of information. said Laura Hagadorn, who presides over the Johnsburg PTSA along with Sue Goodspeed, Not only did Burns go over good business practices such as promptness, attentiveness and preparedness, but these students also learned one other important item. How to save a life. With the help of mannequin Choking Charlie, as well as a few infant dolls, each participant learned basic first-aid skills, CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. In addition, they were taught how to take care of and play with children at various developmental stages. My daughter is of the age where she is beginning to baby sit for family members, said Wevertown resident Debbie Morris, past president of the PTSA and current chair of the Adirondack Saratoga Red Cross. To have this class available to our students was a top priority. The course, usually $40 if taken at the Red Cross building in Glens Falls, was offered to the students for $20, thanks to the sponsorship of the PTSA. It was limited to 15 students, but because so many applications came in at once, they allowed two more students to come in, with the help of imMEDIAte productions. There is currently a waiting list, with those students getting first rights of refusal when the PTSA brings the course back in the spring. We already discussed scheduling another class to allow everyone a chance to become certified, Morris said. This is what PTSA membership dues are for services for the students. Anyone who has this certification would be an asset as a babysitter, added Laura Hagadorn. For more information on classes offered by the Adirondack Saratoga chapter of the American Red Cross, call them at 792-6545. For more information on joining the Johnsburg PTSA, contact the school at 251-2921.