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Mayor Sly James and City Council recognize 30-year commitment of ThinkFirst

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Aug. 31, 2017) - Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the City Council presented The Research Foundation and its injury prevention program, ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, with a resolution of appreciation for 30 years of service in educating community youth through traffic safety and injury prevention.  

Third district councilman, Jermaine Reed, read the resolution to fellow council members and fifth district councilman-at-large, Lee Barnes, Jr., spoke about ThinkFirst and its importance to the Kansas City community.

Since 1987, ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, a program of The Research Foundation, has presented award-winning injury prevention assemblies to grades K-12. Students learn about the consequences of careless decisions through testimonies from survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries, or VIP speakers. 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.

“During the 2016-2017 school year, ThinkFirst reached more than 37,000 students in Greater Kansas City,” Cynthia Randazzo, The Research Foundation president and CEO, said. “It is an honor to be presented this resolution by a mayor and council who are mindful of the impact our programs have on their city’s youth.”

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City is now scheduling free school assemblies for the 2017-2018 school year. Email thinkfirst@theresearchfoundationkc.org for more information.

View photos from the resolution.