Williwaw Students Participate in International Walk to School Day
Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx volunteers, Anchorage School District employees, Anchorage Police Department, and Anchorage Fire Department joined with students at Williwaw Elementary School to celebrate International Walk to School Day with the Safe Kids Alaska “Walk this Way” program on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The activities were designed to help educate children and families about the importance of pedestrian safety and wintertime visibility. Volunteers walked to school with students and served as crossing guards to encourage safe pedestrian behavior, promote driver awareness of pedestrians and educate students regarding the importance of reflective clothing.
Students carried a banner as they walked to school in a group with Anchorage police officers, ASD staff, FedEx employees and volunteers. Reflectors for coats and backpacks were distributed as well as pencils and stickers to help raise awarness. This was the 19th International Walk to School Day.
Students then attended a visibility fashion show involving ASD School Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop, ASD School Board President Starr Marsett, Williwaw Elementary School Principal Likka McCauley, Anchorage Police Officers, Anchorage Firemen, and FedEx Employees, and Providence’s Safety Seal interacting with students and acting as models of safe behaviors.
According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are the second-leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14 worldwide. On average 44 children are killed or injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention and almost 500 children are killed every year in the United States. Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx and ASD are working together to raise awareness, promote pedestrian safety and create safer routes for walking and bicycling within the Anchorage School District.