Join High Voltage and the American Red Cross on Saturday, August 17th from 1:00- 2:00 p.m. at the Nora Navarre Library 1902 St. Bernard Avenue for the Pillowcase Project. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-red-cross-pillowcase-project-tickets-67796131053?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete
Created in New Orleans, The Pillowcase Project was inspired by the story of local university students carrying their belongings in pillowcases during Hurricane Katrina evacuations. Through the program, the Red Cross aims to empower children to prepare themselves, their households, and their communities for emergencies. This is a free interactive preparedness program designed for youth ages 8 to 11 and offered by Red Cross chapters to youth in schools, after-school programs, and at other sites and events.
The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards, teach safety and emotional coping skills, as well as the importance of personal preparedness. Through instructor-led presentations, students learn the best ways to stay safe, how to handle stressful situations, and what tools they can use at home to prepare for emergencies. Students also have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their own pillowcases, which serve as containers for a personal emergency supplies kit, and are encouraged to share what they’ve learned with friends and family. The curriculum meets many of the Common Core State Standards for grades 3-5.