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SPS and Red Cross Partner to Give Safety Kits to Students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A partnership between the Red Cross and Springfield Public Schools aims to keep students safe.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A partnership between the Red Cross and Springfield Public Schools aims to keep students safe.

It's an initiative to raise enough money to put safety kits in the hands of every student in the district.

"We've initiated a number of strategies this year to help not only inform our students but our staff,” says SPS Health Services Manager Jean Greabeel.

Grabeel says putting the needed resources in the classrooms is key if a disaster strikes.

"We need to make sure that we are the best prepared in the event that would occur during the school day,” says Grabeel.

She says after the Joplin tornado and the Atlanta ice storm, they are working with Red Cross to raise $200,000 for their emergency preparedness initiative.

The goal of the initiative is to put safety tubes in every classroom for every student in Springfield in case of an emergency.

The money will pay for teacher disaster kits at every school and safety tubes for 25,000 students.

"The little safety tubes have a whistle and a light and a water pouch and a blanket in them, very light weight,” says Terra Jeffres, with the Red Cross.

Jeffres says safety tubes give children a sense of confidence in school.

"The idea is to help reduce the panic both for parents and guardians about having their children in school as well as children feeling more safe,” says Jeffres.

She and Grabeel say the less panic the better when seconds count.

The cost is about $250 per classroom and $5,000 for each school.

You can help by donating to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools or the Red Cross.

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