October 6, 2014
The following is shared on behalf of Safe Kids Alaska.
MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Sara Penisten, RN
Safe Kids Alaska and FedEx Promote Safe Walking for Local School Children on International Walk to School Day
Nearly 800 Schools Nationwide will Participate in Safe Kids & Fed Ex Sponsored Walk to School Day Events
Safe Kids Alaska State
Wonder Park Elementary School
ASD Superintendent Ed Graff, Alaska Commissioner of Education Mike Hanley, Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage Police Department
Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx, Wonder Park Elementary School staff & parents, and community leaders from Anchorage School District, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, AFD, and APD, will walk with children at Wonder Park Elementary toadvocate forsafer walking environments for children on October 8, International Walk to School Day. Volunteers will walk to school with students & serve as crossing guards to encourage safe pedestrian behavior, promote driver awareness of pedestrians, and educate students regarding the importance of reflective clothing.
Nationwide, Safe Kids USA and participating schools will hold more than 800 International Walk to School Day activities as part of the Safe Kids Walk This Way pedestrian safety program. For the 15th year, Safe Kids coalitions are teaming up with hundreds of FedEx volunteers to teach children how to be safer pedestrians as they walk to and from school and raise awareness around specific pedestrian dangers or issues in their community.
8:15- 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, School assembly 9:30a.m.
Wonder Park Elementary School
5101 E. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508
According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are the second-leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14 worldwide. More than 61 children 19 and under are injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention and almost 500 children are killed every year in the United States. Safe Kids Alaska and FedEx are working together to raise awareness, promote pedestrian safety, create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children. Together, they recently released a research report that surveyed teens on their walking behaviors
ABOUT SAFE KIDS ALASKA: Safe Kids Alaska works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages newborn to 14 years. Its members include Fed Ex, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, State Farm Insurance, AFD, APD, Alaska Sales & Service, and the Alaska Child Passenger Safety Coalition. Safe Kids Alaska is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Alaska was founded in 1987 and is led by Providence Alaska Medical Center. For more information, visit www.safekids.org.
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