The American Red Cross Delmarva Region presented The Pillowcase Project to Milton Elementary fourth-grade classrooms recently. Created in 2005 after discovering that college students carried their valuables in pillowcases when they were evacuated for Hurricane Katrina, The Pillowcase Project curriculum follows three essential teaching steps: learn, practice and share. Students learn how to prepare for emergencies, enhance coping skills, practice what they have learned and share their knowledge with friends and family.
The program also teaches students how to create their own emergency supplies kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase - a common household item - for easy transport during an emergency. Each student has the opportunity to decorate and personalize his or her pillowcase.
Through the program, the Red Cross aims to incorporate preparedness education into elementary school and after-school curriculums nationwide.