Redgranite third graders organize 9th Annual Pajama Drive
Third graders at Redgranite Elementary School kicked off the ninth annual district wide Pajama Drive in March. The goal of the pajama drive was to collect new and unused pajamas ranging in size from infant to teenager for children in need in Waushara County.
In addition to organizing the Pajama Drive, the third graders also promoted a Pajama Day. They encouraged students in the Wautoma Area School District to wear pajamas for a $1.00 donation to the cause. The proceeds earned from the Pajama Day will be used to buy additional pairs of new pajamas. The third graders in Mrs. Petersen’s class collected 72 sets of new pajamas and $579 in monetary donations.
The Pajama Program was started about twenty years ago when a New York woman named Genevieve Piturro noticed children in shelters sleeping in their clothes because they didn’t have a pair of pajamas. She started filling a shopping bag with new sleepwear and began to hand them out to the youngsters, many of whom were abused, abandoned, or neglected. She has now started a non-profit organization called the Pajama Program. Since the Pajama Program started about twenty years ago over a million new pajamas have been collected across the country. This program serves children in need. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of warm, clean pajamas.