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TRUSSVILLE (Oct. 19, 2012) – Kohl’s Thinkfirst Program visited Paine Elementary School (7500 Gadsden Hwy., Trussville) to educate K-5th graders on pedestrian and head injury prevention. Last month, a Trussville child was struck by a vehicle while getting off of a school bus. Transportation and safety experts are hopeful that educating students, parents and school officials will help to prevent dangerous and potentially life-threatening accidents from occurring in the future.

The presentation includes interactive games and activities students as well as an up-close look at Trussville city fire trucks and police vehicles. A grant check was presented on behalf of the Kohl's Cares® program to benefit the Kohl’s ThinkFirst program at Children’s of Alabama.

“Our community partners are vitally important to helping us educate and protect our children,” said Tracy Pharo, Special Events and Programming Coordinator at Children’s of Alabama. “Kohl’s ThinkFirst is a program that is saving lives and is imperative to our mission- we are so grateful for their generous support.”

About Kohl’s:

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Kohl's is a family-focused, value-oriented, specialty department store offering quality exclusive and national brand merchandise to the customer. Currently, Kohl's operates stores and distribution centers in 49 states. Children’s Hospital has been a partner Kohl's Cares® program since 2003, and in that time more than $785,000 has been donated to Children’s of Alabama.

About Kohl’s ThinkFirst:

Kohl’s ThinkFirst is member of the National Injury Prevention Foundation dedicated to preventing brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through the education of individuals, community leaders and the creators of public policy.

Programs are presented to school groups across Alabama on how risk-taking behavior and poor decisions can have devastating consequences. One of the key components of the program is the VIPs (Voices of Injury Prevention).  VIPs are people who have sustained a brain or spinal cord injury, and share their motivating story on how their injury has affected their lives.

One such person is Walker McCain of Mountain Brook, who at the age of 16 was struck by a rock while riding a bike without a helmet. As a junior in high school and a cross country all star athlete, McCain suffered extensive brain injury and overcame tremendous odds to attend college and begin to run. Today, he shares his story in the hope that others might learn from his experience.

For more information about the Kohl’s Thinkfirst program or to download safety tips and tool kits, please visit

About Children’s of Alabama:

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at