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Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx and local children join together for International Walk to School Day

Anchorage, AK - The National Center for Health Statistics says road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14 worldwide. While the number of child pedestrians injured in traffic crashes is decreasing in the United States, in 2009, more than 13,000 children ages 14 and younger went to the emergency room and 244 children died from pedestrian-related injuries. Safe Kids Alaska and FedEx will lead activities to advocate for safer walking environments for children.

Event details:

Who:        Safe Kids Alaska State, FedEx, Chinook Elementary School, Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau, Department of Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken, School Board member Jeannie Mackie, Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage Police Department

What:       On Oct. 5, International Walk to School Day, Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx and community leaders from Alaska Injury Prevention Center, Anchorage School District, State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage, Anchorage Fire Department and Anchorage Police Department will walk with children to Chinook Elementary to encourage safe pedestrian behavior, promote driver awareness of pedestrians, and educate students regarding reflective clothing.

Nationwide, Safe Kids USA and participating schools will hold more than 1,000 International Walk to School Day activities as part of the Safe Kids "Walk This Way" pedestrian safety program. For the 12th 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

When:      8:15-9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Where:     Chinook Elementary School
3101 West 88th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99502

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About Safe Kids Alaska
Safe Kids Alaska works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. Its members include FedEx, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, State Farm Insurance, Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage Police Department, Alaska Sales & Service and the Alaska Child Passenger Safety Coalition. Safe Kids Alaska is a member of Safe Kids USA, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids Alaska was founded in 1987 and is led by Providence Alaska Medical Center. For more information, visit www.safekids.org<http://www.safekids.org>.

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 $40 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 290,000 employees and contractors 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<news.van.fedex.com/>.

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