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September 26, 2012

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September 26, 2012

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1998. It is dedicated to traffic safety education directed towards drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and parents with a primary focus on residential neighborhood traffic safety. Its only source of income is from donors, sale of KKAD25 merchandise, and fund raising activities.

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2012

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

My wife and I became aware of KKAD25 after our daughter Shannon was killed in an automobile/bicycle accident in front of our house in June 2001. While speed was not considered a factor in the accident, driver inattention was surely a cause. It was an inexperienced 7 year old bike rider (fresh off of training wheels) and an inexperienced 17 year old car driver, unaware of his surroundings as he drove through the neighborhood. We met Tom Everson at our church and his desire to help prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again was evident. He really wanted to help. Through our conversations with Tom over the next year and a half, we were convinced this was a worthwhile organization that we should be involved. We joined the original Board of Directors when KKAD25 became a non-profit.

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We have personally placed KKAD25 signs in our yard and stickers on our trash cans. These are constant reminders to those who drive through our neighborhood, to slow down. I believe these reminders work. KKAD25 provides educational material and offers start-up kits to communities as they come on board. Through the promotion of KKAD25 "Run to Remember" Tom and others run the Pikes Peak Accent, with our children’s names on their shirts. It gives us a feeling that our children are making a difference.

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Our dream is for a corporate sponsor to come on board to provide the financial backing to help sustain the KKAD25 organization. Tom has done an excellent job of getting the message out, as can be see by the 1,200 communities that are utilizing KKAD25 information. However, as with all non-profits, it can only provide so much on limited funds. Selling signs and fundraisers alone are not enough. We hope with a corporate sponsor, KKAD25 will be the force behind neighborhood safe driving.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

As HOA president, I was always looking for ways to remind drivers to slow down, obey stop signs and be more alert. No one wanted more speed humps... and other "traffic calming" devices were pretty expense. Our city Traffic Manager suggested I look into KKAD25, so I did.
Tom Everson, the
founder of KKAD25, was very helpful in explaining the program and made a number of suggestions on what would work best in our particular situation. We invested in Yard Signs, Waste Can Stickers and Entrance Signs.
We were the first neighborhood in our city to use the KKAD25 program. Since then, the City Council and Police Department have adopted the program and a number of neighborhoods have invested in KKAD25.
We have found that the variety in size, location and messages of the signs creates passive reminders that people really notice. And the nice part is... no training, no fees, no minimum investment. You can do as much or as little as your neighborhood wishes.
In our case, our waste management company paid for the entrance signs as a community service and the city installed them at no charge!
A great traffic calming program!

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I began receiving calls from friends and other HOA reps about the signs we had just installed throughout our neighborhood. They liked them and wanted to know more.

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I like the way Mr. Everson has kept this program very personal. I feel that I could call him at any time if I had a question or concern.

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