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School gets proactive instead of reactive

Trillium Creek PTA prepares students for emergencies


The Parent-Teacher Association at Trillium Creek Primary School is preparing for unforeseen emergencies.

The PTA, in collaboration with school administrators and parents, is compiling emergency supply kits for each student.

PTA President Brittainy Tiffany said discussions about the emergency kits began this fall with Principal Charlotte Morris.

“Being a new school and a new community, we wanted to implement the kits this first year,” Tiffany said. “Because of recent events, it’s become even more important now. ... We are preparing for weather delays, natural disasters and hopefully (anything) else that may happen.”

The PTA sent out a message on its school email list requesting that parents supply their children’s kits.

The message said: “Our school is located too far from any major outlets to obtain supplies for our students if we were to be caught at school for any length of time waiting for transportation in an emergency.”

The PTA also encouraged families to plan ahead if their children have any medical needs by providing the office with a 24- to 48-hour supply of medication available at all times. Each emergency supply kit costs between $5 to $7 dollars and must fit in a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. On the front of the bag is the child’s name, the date the supplies were assembled and any emergency telephone numbers or emergency family plans.

“It’s really important that every kid has an emergency supply kit at school,” Tiffany said. “In addition to the water and nonperishable foods, it’s important to have hard candies and things that would entertain the kids if they need to stay at school for any length of time. It’s the personal touches that really count.”

These supply kits are kept in storage totes, which were provided by the PTA for about $300, in each classroom. The kits will be sent home at the end of the school year so they may be replenished with fresh supplies and return at the beginning of the next school year. Stafford Primary School has a similar program.

“I think a lot of parents coming into Trillium Creek haven’t done this before,” Tiffany said. “But we are making sure they see the value in it. Being a new school and new community, we are trying to be proactive versus reactive.”

The PTA plans to have the kits assembled for every student by the end of January. The PTA will also provide kits to children whose families cannot afford to prepare them.

For more information or to make a donation for emergency supply kits, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

by: VERN UYETAKE - Bill Barber helps his daughter, Brooke, unload her supplies on her first day of kindergarten at Trillium Creek. Now the PTA is working to create emergency supply kits for each student.

The 1-gallon resealable plastic emergency supply kit bag includes the following supplies:

• A note from a parent telling the child that he/she has permission to stay at school until transportation home has been arranged

• One space blanket

• One small flashlight with batteries

• Two small boxed drinks

• One can of food with pull-top lid (e.g., tuna or Spam)

• One can of dessert with a pull-top lid (e.g., pudding, fruit salad)

• Disposable utensils

• One small soft pack of tissues

• Gum or candy

• One small purse-size poncho



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