The American Red Cross Pillowcase Project sponsored by Disney is a free, interactive preparedness program designed for youth ages 8 to 11. The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards and teaches safety, emotional coping skills, and personal preparedness.
Through instructor-led presentations, students learn the best ways to stay safe and how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase for easy transport during a disaster. Students also have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their pillowcases and share what they’ve learned with friends and family.
The curriculum meets many of the Common Core State Standards for grades three to five.
The Red Cross will be delivering The Pillowcase Project in local area school districts and in identified schools throughout the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Additionally, you may request The Pillowcase Project one-hour presentation for your school or youth program by selecting The Pillowcase Project from the drop-down menu on our Request a Presentation form. You can also download the Mickey and Friend Disaster Preparedness Activity Book that is available for download.
- Identify the best way to stay safe during emergencies that can occur in their communities.
- Identify the best ways to prevent and stay safe during a home fire.
- Use coping skills to help manage stress during emergencies and in everyday situations.
- Gain confidence in their abilities to be prepared for emergencies through hand-on activities.
- Use their knowledge to act as advocates for emergency preparedness in their homes and communities.
- Discuss the role science play in emergency preparedness.
- Understand and communicate the work of the Red Cross in their communities.