Perfectly Prepared with “The Pillowcase Project”

Emergencies and natural disasters can hit any time, and in some cases without warning. Having a disaster preparedness home kit is essential for any family. As we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, upper elementary students welcomed HandsOn River Region to experience an interactive assembly about disaster preparedness.  Experts spoke to the students about safety skills and how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency. Students decorated and assembled disaster kits out of pillowcases brought from home.

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 The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program that teaches children about personal and family emergency preparedness. Students become better equipped to handle hazardous situations and ready to build their own personal emergency supplies kit.  This initiative grew from stories of Loyola University students who packed their emergency belongings into a pillowcase during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

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Firefighters from the Bell Road fire station also attended the assembly and received a giant round of applause when introduced.  It was a wonderful chance to give thanks to our area’s first responders all while keeping up the initiative to build communities of character at STJ!