Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2011

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

Kansas Students Celebrate International Walk to School Day Oct. 5

Topeka – More than 50 schools across Kansas, along with several local Safe Kids coalitions and FedEx volunteers, will hold events on Wednesday, Oct. 5, to celebrate International Walk to School Day. Event coordinators and volunteers will teach children about how to be a safe pedestrian, as well as how to identify hazards along their route to and from school.

“Walk to School Day is an opportunity to encourage students to build physical activity into their day and teach them 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 it’s even better to show them. Walk with them and identify hazards, act as role models for making good choices and give them the tools to be safer pedestrians.”

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:
Teach and model proper pedestrian behavior.

Set pedestrian safety rules for your children.

Help create an environment that’s safe for pedestrians.

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