Sherwood Middle School Makes Donation to ThinkFirst

More than $2,300 raised through Rock-A-Thon event

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Feb. 17, 2012) – The National Junior Honor Society at Sherwood Middle School held its first Rock-A-Thon on February 10 to raise money for local organizations. After taking in more than $2,300 in donations, they chose The Research Foundation’s ThinkFirst injury prevention program as one of two recipients, giving $1,725 after watching the moving and powerful assembly earlier in the school year.

Two Voices for Injury Prevention (VIP) speakers with disabling spinal cord injuries came to Sherwood Middle School to share their stories with students and teach young people about the consequences of traumatic injuries and how they can happen to anyone.

“The National Junior Honor Society members felt that they left a lasting impression on the students and wanted to show their support and appreciation to the program by electing ThinkFirst to be one of the recipients of the money this year,” said middle school NJHS sponsor Kendra Murphy.

Students went out into the community soliciting donations for the event. Then, the rocking began at eight in the morning and continued until eight that night on February 10.

“We were extremely surprised and overjoyed when we learned of what the students at Sherwood Middle School had done for ThinkFirst,” said The Research Foundation’s Director of Development Rose Simone. “It’s great to see the ThinkFirst program, and more importantly, our VIP speakers make such a huge impact in young peoples’ lives.”

About ThinkFirst: ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, was established in 1987 and provides free school based presentations to students in grades kindergarten through 12. Each year, 34,000 students in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area learn about the consequences of traumatic injuries from brain or spinal cord injury survivors. These sobering, yet motivational messages urge youth to take personal responsibility and make safe choices. The presentations cover a variety of topics including promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence.

About The Research Foundation: The Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Kansas City, Mo. dedicated to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives through its health education and scholarship programs. The Harmon Diabetes Center teaches self-management diabetes education to help patients control their diabetes and reduce the chance for life-threatening complications. The award-winning ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City injury prevention program educates area youth through free school-based assemblies aimed at helping young people prevent traumatic injuries and deaths. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. For more information, visit