Eliminating Period Poverty in Iredell Schools
The Red Cart Project is a collaboration of local advocates who believe that menstrual health products are not a luxury. When students have access to period products, they can:
Avoid stress from the potential for embarrassing leaks
Stay in class
Focus on learning
Avoid risking their health by creating a menstrual barrier out of toilet paper, fabric, paper towels, or other unhealthy products.
What is Period
Period poverty is limited or inadequate access to menstrual products as a result of financial constraints or negative socio-cultural stigmas associated with menstruation.
Those students who lack access to products are 5.89 times more likely to miss school and 4.14 times more likely to leave school early, as compared to those who can afford products. The Red Cart Project will provide products in bathrooms so that all students who need them, have them available without having to ask a anyone.
"Our school nurses regularly provide menstrual health products to students who either cannot afford products or do not have access to products on a particular day. With only one nurses office on campus, going to visit the nurse for menstrual health products, particularly on our multi building high school campus, is significant time out of the classroom. In addition, funds for menstrual health products are not in the educational budget. Thanks to the Red Cart Program, we will be able to meet the menstrual health needs of our students in a way that provides equitable access to the needed products for our students at Mooresville Middle School and Mooresville High School, and that is a significant win against period poverty!"
Mooresville Graded School District
Tanae Sump-McLean, Chief Communication Officer
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