Media Release: Dayton Children's joins Safe Kids Greater Dayton and FedEx on International Walk to School Day

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More than 250,000 Students across the U.S. to participated

Dayton Children's joins Safe Kids Greater Dayton and FedEx on International Walk to School Day

10-09-2013 (Dayton, OH) -

Safe Kids Greater Dayton joined with local school children and FedEx volunteers on Wednesday, October 9 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. More than 250,000 children across the United States participated in the annual event to learn safe walking skills and to encourage the creation of safe walking environments.

“On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers teach and model safe pedestrian behavior,” says Jessica Saunders, Safe Kids Greater Dayton coordinator and community relations manager at Dayton Children’s Hospital.  “Our children learn by mimicking what they see.  By walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show children how to walk safely.

In 2000, 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.  Safe Kids and FedEx address the issue through research, physical improvements to school zones, and education and awareness campaigns throughout the year, such as International Walk to School Day. 

Safe Kids coalitions across the country work with more than 1,000 elementary schools around International Walk to School Day to hold events for children to teach them how to walk safely and recognize pedestrian dangers. At many of the schools, FedEx volunteers  work with coalition leaders and teachers to share safety tips and show students the importance of driver visibility and pedestrian awareness.

International Walk to School Day is a great opportunity for students to learn how to remain injury-free as they walk to and from school,” adds Saunders. “Walking to school is also an excellent way for children to be outside and get exercise.  ”

“With more than 90,000 vehicles on the road daily, we understand FedEx has a critical role to play in actively promoting a culture of safety around the world,” said Rose Flenorl, Manager of FedEx Global Citizenship.  “International Walk to School Day is one of the annual highlights of our long-standing collaboration with Safe Kids, as it showcases the passion of FedEx volunteers, safety experts and drivers for keeping our communities safe and healthy.”

About Safe Kids Greater Dayton

Safe Kids Greater Dayton works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Greater Dayton is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Greater Dayton was founded in 1994 and is led by Dayton Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit safekids.org or childrensdayton.org.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $45 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 300,000 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

 

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For more information, contact:
Jessica Saunders
Community Relations Manager
Phone: 937-641-3666
marketing@childrensdayton.org

 

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