We love to speak! We love going to schools and speaking at an age-appropriate level. Our belief is that if kids know how important sleep is from an early age, they won’t be sleepy and getting behind the wheel when they are older.In many schools there is nothing mentioned about sleep until testing time. Then we think a lot about sleep! But sleep is important every single night and our kids deserve to know how much sleep they need, why sleep is so important, and the benefits of a good night’s sleep.
We even have ideas to get high school students involved during the week with many fun and engaging activities, and, of course, prizes!
We also advocate for later high school start times. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) takes the position that no high school should start before 8:30.
If you are interested in an in-person presentation, contact Kathi Wright at email@example.com to set it up!
We speak to elementary, middle, and high school aged kids. For each age group we have a brief session on sleep or drowsy driving that can be read with the morning announcements. These messages are short, fun, and educational...how long does a giraffe sleep??? Bet you don’t know! On Friday, the kids have a PJ Day but more importantly they have learned a lot about sleep in very little time!
In 2020 we put our classroom presentation on youtube. The address is private so that we can document the number of uses for our THSO grant.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the presentation address. We will be happy to provide free workbooks to go along with the presentation.
DontDriveDrowsy.org is a pledge to not drive drowsy. A pledge is a promise and in this pledge you are promising your family and friends that you will not endanger someone’s life, or your own, by driving when you have not had 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
The Kyle Kiihnl Foundation is proud to take part in the Reduce TN Crashes program. This program is designed to connect schools with teen traffic safety activities. Reduce TN Crashes raises awareness of the need for safe driving programs. You can read about our drowsy driving activities at reducetncrashes.org.
In 2015 the Tennessee Department of Transportation began running our "Don’t Drive Drowsy" message on all overhead interstate message boards across TN. This is huge! Hundreds of thousands of motorists from across the nation travel the Tennessee highways each year and see these life-saving messages.
At the 2018 Tennessee Lifesavers Conference Kathi Wright, Education Director of the Kyle Kiihnl Memorial Foundation, was the recipient of the Making A Difference Award. This award is given for outstanding efforts in the field of Teen Safe Driving. Although there is still much to do, the Kyle Kiihnl Foundation is very honored to receive this recognition.
In November 2017, State Farm Insurance Company endorsed the KWK Foundation. After a heartfelt interview, they published an article about Kyle and dangers of driving "D". All Dangerous -- Drunk, Drugged, Distracted, and DROWSY.