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ThinkFirst to reach nearly 2,500 students during Red Ribbon Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Oct. 23, 2019) – ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, a program of The Research Foundation, will bring their injury prevention message to nearly 2,500 students over the course of five days during the nationally-recognized Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign. “Send a Message, Stay Drug Free,” the 2019 campaign theme, aligns with the ThinkFirst mission.

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 and impaired driving and the dangers of drug and alcohol.

“This year’s Red Ribbon Week campaign supports healthy choices, which is a primary goal of ThinkFirst,” Charlotte Melson, ThinkFirst injury prevention coordinator, said. “Throughout the week, our brain and spinal cord injury survivors will speak to nearly 2,500 students about the unhealthy choice they made. Our speakers can help youth understand that valuing your health creates a brighter future.”

ThinkFirst will visit schools in the DeSoto, Ft. Osage and Lee’s Summit districts during Red Ribbon Week. Each assembly is free to schools and will include 150-500 students.

Click here for more information about their injury prevention programs or to schedule an assembly.