Pillowcase Project comes to a Chicopee school

The project has a goal of reaching 3,000 students

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at a Chicopee elementary school learned about the importance of being prepared.

The Pillowcase Project by the American Red Cross reaches out to children in grades three through five. Monday morning, the program visited Selser Memorial Elementary School in Chicopee.

Mary Mathan, the Disaster Program Manager at the Red Cross, explained to 22News how the program benefits students. “The things that we’re trying to teach them are the types of hazards that are happening in their community, and then we teach them coping skills so that if a disaster does happen in their community, or even just in their family, that they have some coping skills to deal with that.”

The program also teaches kids how to make their own preparedness kit; that’s where the Pillowcase comes in, it acts as a starter kit. The Pillowcase Project has a goal of reaching 3,000 students in our area.

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