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Nearly 52,000 students hear ThinkFirst message

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (May 29, 2019) – The Research Foundation’s injury prevention program, ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, discussed safe decision making with nearly 52,000 students in 119 schools during the 2018-2019 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.

Funding for the 2018-2019 program comes from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Kansas Department of Transportation, Destination Safe Coalition, Truman Heartland Community Foundation and R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust. This support allows the program to travel to school districts across six counties including Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Individual programs included as many as 950 students and averaged nearly 300 students.

"The message ThinkFirst brings to our students is so important in preventing head, neck and spinal trauma. We are thankful for their impact on our students and the choices they make. If only one child is saved, then it is all worth it," said Amy Hesson, Osage Trail Middle School nurse.

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City is now scheduling free school assemblies for the 2019-2020 school year. Email thinkfirst@theresearchfoundationkc.org for more information.