The American Red Cross is bringing its Pillowcase Project to the Pine Tree State on August 29. The class teaches 3rd - 5th graders and their families how to prepare for disasters. The national program has been taught in schools, after-school programs, summer camps, and youth programs.
The program emphasizes the importance of developing an emergency communications plan, fire evacuation plan and emergency contact cards. It also teaches students to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase for easy transport during an emergency. Students will have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their pillowcases, which are provided free to participants.
“The program gives students the opportunity to learn about the science behind various hazards and the importance of preparedness in a fun and interactive way,” says Patricia Murtagh, CEO of the American Red Cross in Maine. “The hands-on activities will also help to build confidence so that kids are prepared to take action during an emergency.”
The Pillowcase Project, sponsored by Disney, was inspired by the story of university students carrying their belongings in pillowcases during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Pillowcase Project Classes:
Saturday, August 29
10 – 11 a.m.
Class is free and open to students from grades 3 – 5.
To register: Ellin.Ruffner@RedCross.org or 874-1192.
Presque Isle – The Aroostook Medical Center, Academy Street, McCain Room A
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit maineredcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @ARC_Maine.