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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 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. 3, 2012
                School assembly at 9:30 a.m.
 
Where:     Ravenwood Elementary School
                9500 Wren Lane
                Eagle River, AK 99577
 
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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.
 
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.​