MURPHYSBORO – May 11, 2011. As students return to school in flood-affected areas of Southern Illinois, the American Red Cross and Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s office are helping to distribute “comfort kits” to students who are displaced from their homes.
Eight hundred kits containing personal hygiene products, such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, wash cloths and soap, will be delivered Wednesday to representatives of five districts which resumed classes today: Massac County Unit District 1, Meridian Community School District 101, Century Community Unit School District 100, Egyptian Community Unit School District 5 and Shawnee Community Unit School District 84.
Many of the students’ homes are in evacuated areas, so they are staying in shelters or with friends and family in other parts of the region. Regional Superintendent Janet Ulrich requested the kits and will direct their delivery to schools, which reported close to 70 percent attendance on the first day back.
“Though many students are still displaced, we want to establish structure, hygiene and safety as they begin to return to their normal lives,” Lt. Governor Simon said. “Going back to school and getting into a personal hygiene routine will help them as they make their way back home.”
Simon said that people interested in assisting the flood recovery can mail monetary donations to the American Red Cross Little Egypt Network at 665 N. Airport Road, Murphysboro, IL, 62966 or go online at www.redcross.org
. Donors can contribute $10 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by texting Red Cross to 90999.