Pillowcase Project


Fourth grade students, in all 9 Lafayette County Mo. Schools, recently participated in a disaster preparedness program called The Pillowcase Project from the American Red Cross sponsored by Disney. The Red Cross provides support for disaster victims, supplies 40 percent of the nation’s blood, and teaches skills to save lives.

The program originally created in New Orleans was inspired by University students who carried their belongings in pillowcases during hurricane  Katrina evacuations. Each student is  given a pillowcase and one fabric marker to decorate with, supplied by Red Cross. Some communities also donated money for extra fabric markers for the students to take home. They are encouraged to put emergency supplies inside their pillowcases and put them near their beds to take with them on their way to their safe spot in the event of an emergency. Students are taught what to do in the event of a tornado and home fire (we chose the 2 most likely disasters to happen in Missouri), learn  coping skills to help handle the fear and stress  related to disasters, and the Learn, Practice, and Share curriculum so they could take this info back to their households to make an emergency plan. This program was presented, for the first time, by the Lafayette County Health Department.



American Red Cross ~ Pillowcase Project