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10/8/14news article

local students promoted safe walking to school on International Walk to School Day

more than 1,000 schools nationwide participated in Safe Kids and FedEx sponsored events

dad and son walking to schoolAs the sun came up, about 100 students at Ruskin PreK-8 School joined children around the country to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 8. There were more than 1,000 International Walk to School Day activities as part of the Safe Kids Walk This Way pedestrian safety program sponsored by FedEx.

Safe Kids Greater Dayton, Dayton Children’s Hospital and FedEx volunteers walked together with children at Ruskin PreK-8 School to advocate for safer walking environments for school children. They also handed out some fun items as the kids arrived, such as t-shirts, cups and bags. Representatives from Ruskin, Dayton Public Schools, the Dayton Police Department, East End Community Services and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County so helped get the kids to the classroom safely.

walk to school dayIn 2012, there were 490 pedestrian fatalities among children ages 19 and younger and 54 kids are hit by cars and killed or injured every day in the United States. In 2012, 73 percent of child pedestrian deaths occurred at non-intersection locations. Safe Kids Greater Dayton and FedEx are working together to raise awareness, promote pedestrian safety, create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children.

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
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $46 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.

For more information, contact: 
Stacy Porter 
Communications specialist 
Phone: 937-641-3666 
porters@childrensdayton.org