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Injury prevention program delivers message to nearly 54,000 students

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (May 29, 2018) – The Research Foundation’s injury prevention program, ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, reached nearly 54,000 students in almost 200 Kansas City area schools during the 2017-2018 academic year.

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City is part of a national, award-winning program that offers free, school-based assemblies to grades kindergarten through high school. Health educators and brain or spinal cord injury survivors present the importance of making safe choices by preventing injuries to the brain or spinal cord. The presentations are age appropriate and cover a variety of topics including distracted driving, promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence.

Because of funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Kansas Department of Transportation and Destination Safe, the program spoke in school districts across six counties including Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Assemblies varied in size from 50 to 800 students.

“Whether we are speaking to schools in a rural community or within the metro area, our message aims to save lives. Educating elementary-aged children about the importance of wearing a helmet while biking or emphasizing the dangers of driving distracted to high school students is essential in keeping our community safe,” Charlotte Melson, ThinkFirst injury prevention coordinator, said. “Saving even one life is important. But as we continue to reach thousands of students each year, our chances of saving more increase. “

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City is now scheduling free school assemblies for the 2018-2019 school year. Email for more information.