Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Children Across Kansas Celebrate
International Walk to School Day on October 6

Nearly forty schools across Kansas, along with several local Safe Kids coalitions and FedEx volunteers, will hold events for local school children on Wednesday, October 6, to celebrate International Walk to School Day by raising awareness of pedestrian safety.  Safe Kids coalitions and schools will teach children about safe pedestrian behaviors, as well as how to identify pedestrian hazards as they walk to and from school.

“International Walk to School Day is an opportunity to encourage students to incorporate physical activity into their daily schedule while learning how to be safe pedestrians,” said Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. Safe Kids Kansas also encourages parents to get out and walk along with their children.  “It is one thing to tell students about pedestrian safety, but by walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can identify hazards, act as role models for making good choices, and give them the tools to be safer pedestrians. No child should be put in danger simply because they are walking to school or around their neighborhood.”

In 1999, 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.  Since that time, the program has expanded to several other countries across the globe.

For a list of schools registered to participate in Walk to School Day, go to www.walktoschool.org, and click on “Who’s Walking”.

Safe Kids Kansas also has a few safety tips to help keep your child pedestrian safe:
Parents are the most important models of proper pedestrian behavior for children.

Set pedestrian safety rules for your children.

Help create an environment that’s safe for pedestrians.

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14.   Local coalitions and chapters cover Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Butler, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Geary, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Smith, Sumner, and Wilson counties, as well as the city of  Emporia and the Metro Kansas City Area (Wyandotte county and several Missouri counties.)  Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org and on Facebook.