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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, there are still a staggering number of children hit by cars. More than 61 children are injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention and more than 500 children are killed every year. Safe Kids Alaska activities are designed to help children walk safely all year round.

Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities.

Event details:

Who:         Safe Kids Alaska State, FedEx, Ravenwood Elementary School, Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Browder, Alaska Safe Routes to School, Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage Police Department

What:        On Oct. 3, International Walk to School Day, Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx, Ravenwood Elementary School staff and parents, and community leaders from Anchorage School District, Alaska Safe Routes to School, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage, Anchorage Fire Department and Anchorage Police Department will walk with children at Ravenwood Elementary School 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 13th 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. 3, 2012

                  School assembly at 9:30 a.m.

Where:      Ravenwood Elementary School

9500 Wren Lane

Eagle River, AK 99577

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