ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City Has Record Setting Year Reaching Over 40,000 Area Students

Message focuses on injury prevention, making safe decisions

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Jun. 19, 2013)ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, a program of The Research Foundation, educated 40,715 students through 143 school assemblies and educational programs during the 2012-2013 academic year. In its 26 years of serving Kansas City’s youth, this was the first year ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City reached over 40,000 local students in grades K-12.

A national injury-prevention program, the Kansas City chapter of ThinkFirst provides free school-based assemblies to public and private schools in the metropolitan area in Clay, Platte, Jackson, and Cass counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. The program is presented to students by a healthcare professional and ThinkFirst Voices for Injury Prevention (VIP) speakers who have suffered a spinal cord or brain injury. These speakers serve as safety advocates and depending on the age of the students, discuss a variety of topics during the assembly including seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence.

“ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City strives to educate as many students as possible o the importance of making safe decisions,” said The Research Foundation President Cynthia Randazzo. “The firsthand testimonials of ThinkFirst VIP speakers who have suffered a brain or spinal cord injury have been instrumental in teaching youth the lasting consequences of distracted driving and making poor decisions. In the 2013-2014 school year, ThinkFirst looks forward to continue reaching more student to ensure our message on safety is heard.”

Praising the efforts of ThinkFirst in educating area students, St. Teresa’s Academy Teacher Kathy McCarthy said, “School assemblies offered by ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City have made a strong impact on our students. From the first visit ThinkFirst made to St. Teresa’s many years ago, students have been very receptive to hearing from healthcare professionals and crash victims. I believe hearing these stories make the students think first and prompts them to make good decisions in the future.”

To learn more about ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City or to schedule a free school assembly, please contact Rose Simone at 816-276-4218 or by email at rose@theresearchfoundationkc.org.


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, 40,000 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. ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City is a program of The Research Foundation.

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 theresearchfoundationkc.org.