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Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx, and Local Children Join Together on International Walk to School Day

Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx, and local children join together on international walk to school day

MEDIA ADVISORY: Oct. 5, 2009

Anchorage, AK – Walking is an important and healthy activity and everyone needs to do their part to keep kids safe while they walk to school. Between 1987 and 2005, the number of child pedestrian fatalities decreased by 58 percent. However, national data shows that child pedestrian injury remains the number two cause of unintentional injury or death among children ages 5 to 14. Across the country, approximately 585 children ages 0 to 14 are killed each year and there are 33,518 visits to the emergency room due to nonfatal pedestrian injuries.

This year in Anchorage, nearly 30,000 students walk or are driven in private vehicles to school daily. The activities of Safe Kids Alaska and FedEx on International Walk to School Day, which include a “Be Safe, Be Seen” visibility fashion show and FedEx truck safety presentations, are designed to educate children and families about the importance of pedestrian safety and being visible to drivers in dark outdoor conditions.

Event details:

Who: Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx, Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau, Lt. Governor Craig Campbell, Muldoon Elementary School staff & families, APD, AFD, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Legislative, Assembly, & School Board VIPs

What:   Safe Kids Alaska and FedEx volunteers will lead local activities as part of International Walk to School Day 2009.  More than 400 children from Muldoon Elementary will participate in this year’s activities as part of the Safe Kids Walk This Way program. Volunteers from Safe Kids Alaska and FedEx will teach children from Muldoon how to be safe pedestrians as they walk to and from school, with a special emphasis on reflector use and visibility while walking on dark Anchorage winter mornings.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, 8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Where: Muldoon Elementary School, 525 Cherry Street, Anchorage

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About Safe Kids Alaska

Safe Kids Alaska works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Its local members include APD, AFD, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, State of AK Dept. of Health and Social Services, Alaska Sales & Service, FedEx, and State Farm Insurance. 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.

About FedEx Corporation

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $34 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 275,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities.  For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

About International Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day is dedicated to walking to school with a purpose — to promote physical activity, safety, health and concern for the environment. International Walk to School Day is promoted nationally by The Partnership for a Walkable America. www.walktoschool.org.

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