Fourth graders Shed Light on Emergency Safety for Seniors
By MJ Vieweg, Staff Writer
The national youth volunteer platform, volunTeennation.org used the grant money awarded to them by Start-A-Snowball to distribute 50 emergency safety kits to low-income senior citizens in St. Louis, MO. The fourth graders of the Mirowitz School in St. Louis had been studying poverty and social justice issues.
“The St. Louis area is often under a tornado watch in the month of May,” said Simone Bernstein, co-founder of volunTeennation.org. “The kits were distributed through area food banks.” Last spring’s tornado activity in the St. Louis region highlighted this critical need that simply went unaddressed. According to Bernstein, FEMA and Red Cross highlight the need for such kits. Low-income seniors often do not have new batteries or even flashlights available.
The distribution of the kits is a vehicle that will combine service learning with an educational awareness project to promote emergency safety and preparedness procedures. The start-A-Snowball grant ($100) enabled the students to buy flashlights and batteries for the 50 emergency kits. Local hardware and grocery stores donated plastic waterproof boxes, first aid supplies, and water bottles.
“We hope to continue to prepare and distribute the emergency safety kits (which will include FEMA information, snacks and additional supplies),” Bernstein said. “The kits will be distributed at the food banks as the director shared that the need for these kits is ongoing.”
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