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10/5/16news article

Dayton children join Safe Kids Greater Dayton and FedEx on International Walk to School Day

Safe Kids Greater Dayton, Dayton Children’s Hospital, FedEx volunteers and the Dayton Police Department joined with Dayton Public Schools and children from Fairview PreK-6 school on Wednesday, October 5 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety and to encourage the creation of safe walking environments. More than 250,000 children across the United States participated in International Walk to School Day to learn how to be safer.

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“We had a great event celebrating International Walk to School Day,” said Abbey Rymarczyk, Safe Kids Greater Dayton coordinator. “Every day, 44 children get hit by a car in the United States. By walking with students on International Walk to School Day, we can show them how to walk safely.”

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In 2000, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to drivers and children walking to school to 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 worked with more than 600 elementary schools around International Walk to School Day to hold events for children to teach them how to walk safely and recognize pedestrian dangers.

Safe Kids Greater Dayton teamed up with FedEx volunteers to teach safe walking skills at Fairview PreK-6. The group worked with teachers and parents to share safety tips and demonstrate the importance of visibility and pedestrian awareness.

“International Walk to School Day is a big day at FedEx,” said Rose Flenorl, manager of FedEx Global Citizenship. “In hundreds of cities around the world FedEx safety experts, drivers and other volunteers work with Safe Kids to reach and teach tens of thousands of children about road safety. Our team members are passionate about volunteering to help keep kids and communities safe.”

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 $58 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 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about .fedex.com

For more information, contact:
Stacy Porter
Public relations manager
Phone: 937-641-3666
newsroom@childrensdayton.org