The red box project

Freebrough Academy are now participating in The Red Box Project which is a community organisation which support disadvantaged girls in Redcar and Cleveland by tackling period poverty, with the aim of helping them stay in school throughout the month.

To do this, the Red Box Project collect donations of underwear and sanitary protection from members of the public (shops on your high street may be taking donations) and place them into schools, in red plastic boxes. When girls are in need of products, but don’t have easy access to it at home (for whatever reason), rather than miss school, they can come to a trusted member of staff, ask for the red box, and take whatever they need to get through their period.

Schools have been overwhelmingly positive about the project. One local teacher recently commented our girls are not having to decide between buying lunch and sanitary protection.

We have provided a safe place for the red box in our school office and and posters are now displayed in the areas which are accessed by our female students, such as toilets and in the PE girls’ changing rooms so that the girls know how to access the red box; promotion posters are also in the staff room to make staff aware of the initiative. The head of our PE department, Mrs Blackburn, has agreed to be the trusted member of staff for the project here at Freebrough.

Further donations are currently being collected all around the area and I would ask that if you are able to help in any way, please look in the shop windows in your local high street where you can make donations to help with this very worthwhile initiative,. This will mean in turn that the female students at Freebrough Academy can continue to be provided with sanitary products. Many thanks for your help and support.

Thank you to Chloe and Jasmine of The Red Box Project.

For further information you can contact:

www.redboxproject.co.uk

redboxprojectuk@gmail.com